Black crappie

The Black Crappie or the Pomoxis Nigromaculatus is among the two crappies. It is a type of fish found in freshwater in places of North America. Black Crappie is very similar to the white crappie when it comes to shaping, size, and even habits, except for some differences.


Black Crappie has a relatively flat or compressed body that is typically 4 to 8 inches long. They have a unique silvery-gray to a green-colored body with black spots all over the body (shows irregularly). These black spots can be seen on their dorsal, anal, and caudal fins.

Black crappies can be identified with their giant mouths and weigh not more than 6 pounds (maximum published weight).

Habitat and Lifestyle

Black Crappies are mostly live and are found in reservoirs, freshwater lakes, borrow pits, and navigation pools. These flatfishes with giant mouths prefer clear and clean water with abundant aquatic vegetation and no currents.

Black Crappies are about 16 cm in length and feed on planktons and tiny crustaceans, and the larger Crappies feed on small fish, insects, etc. Their diet can change based on the factors of habitat, food, etc.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

One can identify Black Crappie from their silvery-gray-colored body with black spots all over the body. You can catch Black Crappie near the shoreline, cypress trees, weed ups, etc., and also fish for crappie on a boat.

Peak Season

The peak season or the best time to catch Black Crappie in numbers is during the month of February to May, which is the spawning season. If you?re looking to see one, go during one of these months.

Best Bait

Black Crappie eats just about everything you throw at them. However, the following are the best baits to catch them.

  • Jigs
  • Grubs
  • Spinners
  • Minnows