Crappie – Fish That You Can Love
Crappie are really popular these days. Most beginner and even pro fishermen simply love to go out and catch them. We are referring to this freshwater fish that scientifically is known under the name of Pomoxis. There are 2 main species of Pomoxis: annularis (commonly known as white crappie) and Nigromaculatus (the black crappie). When we are using the word crappie we are referring to both species. Even if some people might tell you something else, you should know that both of the crappie species enjoy the same game fish popularity.
Crappie will feed in most cases with smaller species of fish. This is mainly true for adults. What is interesting is that they actually feed on young specimens of their predators. This includes the northern pike and the walleye. When there are no small fish around to feed the diet is changed to insects, zoo plankton and even crustaceans. Crappie are less active during the day and a lot more active during the night. Their feeding time is during the entire night and that is when this fish will go closer to shores or open water. You can easily catch most crappie during the night and enjoy the very popular taste they have. To make everything even better, the diversity that we see in the diet means that you can use a lot of different methods to catch them. You can apply this in winter too as crappie are also active during this time.
White crappie is definitely similar to black crappie. As you surely know by the name, black crappie does appear darker in comparison with the white crappie. In order to accurately make an identification, simply look at the fish’s dorsal fin. Black crappie has seven to eight spines. Also, black crappie will mostly be found in waters that are clearer when compared with white crappie. Adults black crappie eat a lot more fish than white crappie.
Crappie angling is highly popular these days in North America. The most popular method of catching them is spider rigging with different baits attached to each line. Most of the fishermen use live minnows, crank baits and jig heads made out of lead. You can also dump live bait right into the water or chum it in order to attract large crappies schools. Even if you choose a different method than another person it is not important as you will surely catch crappie with ease at the end of the day.