Black Crappie

Pomoxis nigromaculatus

The black crappie is a member of the sunfish family. It is a popular sport fish and good to eat. Crappie are found in fresh water, usually where the current is slow and there are lots of weeds. They grow up to fifteen inches long and weigh about one pound. The fish’s back is green, olive or gray, changing to silver and white towards the belly. There are many irregularly shaped dark spots on its sides. This fish is sometimes called the calico or strawberry bass.