Variety of Fish

Crappies

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Crappies (/ˈkrɒpi, ˈkræpi/) are a genus, Pomoxis, of North American fresh water fish in the sunfish family Centrarchidae. Both species in this genus are popular pan fish.  The Crappie is also known as the strawberry bass, speckled bass (or "specks"), calico bass, papermouth, and sauc-au-lait (translation "bag of milk"). 
 
The name crappie can refer to either the white crappie, which is lighter in color with vertical black stripes, or the black crappie, which is and darker with a pattern of black spots. Both species are similar in size, shape, and habits. The average crappie weighs between 1/2 and 1 pound and measures 5-12 inches, though they are capable of growing much larger. The largest crappie ever caught weighed 6 pounds.
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Crappie spawn between May and June. During this time, the male fish will make an indented nest on the floor of shallow water. The female will then lay between 5,000 and 60,000 eggs. The eggs take approximately 2-5 days to hatch. Crappie are fertile breeders and will over-populate small bodies of water very quickly if the population is not controlled.
The Pomoxis species are highly regarded pan fish and are often considered to be among the best-tasting freshwater fish. Because of their diverse diets, crappie may be caught in many ways, including casting light jigs, trolling with minnows or artificial lures, using small spinnerbaits, or using bobbers.

Crappie  Facts

  • Crappie are less active during the day; they feed mostly at dawn and dusk.
  • Crappie are very social fish and form schools to live in.
  • Ideal spawning temperature is the low 60’s.
  • During spawning season, crappie and their nests will be in water approximately 1-5 feet deep.

Crappie Fishing Tips

 Although live bait works great as always for crappie, it is also one of the species out there that artificial lures are highly effective on. Basically, any lure that mimics their natural diet – small fish – will work best for catching the big ones.
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This includes:

Small jigs,  small Spinner Baits, small soft plastics, hard plastics, or any small bait that looks like minnows, bugs, crickets, or grass shrimp.
Test different depths for your line until you get a bite. Generally, you will need to fish shallower in the spring and deeper in the summer.
The easiest time to hook a crappie is during spawning season, which is in the spring and early summer.  In the spring, crappie are near the bank.  Fish in areas close to underwater debris, such as limbs and brush piles.

Eating Crappie’s

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 Crappie have pure, flaky, white flesh that has earned them the reputation among anglers as the finest tasting freshwater fish. Crappie has sweet white meat. Like bluegills, smaller ones are cooked whole, and larger ones can be filleted. Frying is most common.