BLACK CRAPPIE (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)
ALIAS: Papermouth, speck, calico bass
IDENTIFICATION: Characterized by 7-8 dorsal spines, deep body, mottled head, back and sides, and upturned snout.
DIET: Insect larvae, fathead minnows, golden shiners and other small fish.
SPAWNING: When water temperatures are 60-65̊F, black crappie broadcast their eggs onto shallow submerged structures.
FISHING TIPS: Live baits such as fathead minnows or small jigs tipped with minnows work well. Target submerged brush and stumps.
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