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Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

White Crappie (Pomoxis anularis)


Currently, only the black nose variation of the black crappie has been stocked in CCTARL


The pattern of dark spots (mottling) on a black crappie is random, whereas the dark spots on a white crappie form vertical bars or bands.  The best way to distinguish the two species is by the number of hard spines in the dorsal fin.  A black crappie has 7 (sometimes 8) spines and a white crappie has 6 (sometimes 5).  Look closely when counting the spines, because the one closest to the head is often very short.  As you can see from the state sport fishing records below, the white crappie grows larger than the black crappie.


Tennessee record Black Crappie:  5 lbs 7.68 oz  5/15/2018

Tennessee record White Crappie:  5 lbs 1 oz  4/20/1968


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