What a Crappie Fish Looks Like

In waters that are warm, the crappie can grow to be up to five inches in the first year and by the second year, they can be up to eight inches. After three years, the crappie is matured.

Crappies populate so quickly that in small lakes they can over power the other fish population. The crappie can stunt the bass population as well as other species.

The idea water temperature for crappie is seventy to seventy-five degrees. However, they can tolerate eighty-degree water temperatures for short periods of time. The black crappie will move to deeper waters when the water temperature gets to warm. The white crappies will look for refuge under fallen timber and in heavy vegetation.

The white crappie male is slightly darker in color during spawning. Some people confuse the white male crappie for a black crappie. Sometimes this makes identifying black and white crappies harder, but you have to look at the dorsal fin to know for sure.

White crappie females can lay as many as thirty-thousand eggs during the spawn. The young crappies feed on insect larvae and zooplankton. The male crappie will protect the nest after the females lay the eggs. The eggs will hatch in about three days. The young are stuck to the nest by a sticky substance that comes from the egg for a few days after hatching. The young will only leave the nest at night. The young crappie do not school until they are much older.

Once you know the area you are fishing in, you will also know what fish inhabit the water. It is possible to find both black and white crappie in the sane water, but you can look for waters that have either or. If you do catch a crappie and are unsure of what you have, look at the dorsal fins and the coloring. Note the spots or vertical lines on the fish to tell if it is a black or white crappie. Checking the facts can also help you determine the type of crappie you have caught. Just make sure that you are following the regulations for the right fish when you are fishing.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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