Crappie

These fish are silver-olive with numerous black or dark green splotches on the sides. Forehead is dished and the snout is turned up. Five or more anal spines and 7 or 8 dorsal spines. Base of the dorsal fin is about the same length as the base of the anal fin. Body compressed from side to side.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Pomoxis sp.
CLASSIFICATION
Fish
LIFE SPAN
7-8 Years
SIZE
2-16 ” | 1-4 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Unprotected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Crappie (both Black and White subspecies) are native to the fresh waters of east-central North America. In Nevada, Crappie can be found in warmwater lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, with Black Crappie in the southern region.

Threats

  • Disease
  • Predation

Natural History

The Crappie is a popular game fish known for being a reasonably sized pan fish. Abundant in warm, mildly turbid lakes, reservoirs and stream backwaters, Crappie are opportunistic feeders and will prey on whatever is available. Their spawning activities range from March until July, depending on water temperature. A female may spawn multiples times through the summer with more than 1 male. Additionally, the Black and White Crappie will hybridize. The spines on the longer body of adult Crappie, protects them from most predators.

Fun Facts

Crappie are more of a nocturnal feeder than diurnal.