Black Crappie Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Common Name:

Black Crappie

Scientific Name:

Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Diet:

Invertebrates, insects, larvae, small fish, and zooplankton

Habitat:

Prefers clear slow moving creeks, streams, lakes, and reservoirs

Spawn:

Spring and early Summer over nests dug by the male. Eggs hatch in two to five days.

Distribution:

Scattered statewide

Origin:

Native to Central America and eastern North America

Characteristics:

Silver-olive in color with numerous black and/or green splotches on the sides. Vertical bars, prominent in the young, are absent in adults. Sides are iridescent green to silvery. Belly is silvery to white. Pelvic fins are opaque with some black on the tips. Pectoral fins are dusky and transparent. There are two closely joined dorsal fins. Much more abundant in Utah than White Crappie. The Black Crappie dorsal fin is much closer to the head than White Crappie.

UTAH RECORD CATCH & RELEASE

Date:

July 6, 2001

Length:

15 1/2 Inches

Fisherman:

Tyler Maynes

Location:

Quail Creek Reservoir

UTAH RECORD CATCH

Year:

1993

Weight:

3 pounds 2 ounces

Length:

17 1/4 Inches

Girth:

14 Inches

Fisherman:

Mike Flickinger

Location:

Quail Creek Reservoir



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