Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

White Crappie
Pomoxis annularis
Also known as: crappie, silver crappie
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Silvery fish with faint black vertical bars on sides and usually 5 or 6 spines in dorsal fin. Spawning males become considerably darker, and some anglers confuse them with black crappie. Primarily feeds on small fish, but will also eat aquatic insects and large zoopankton. Can become overpopulated if predator populations are low. Crappies (white and black combined) are one of the top 5 commonly sought-after sport fish.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide


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