The simplest distinguishing feature of the white crappie (Pomoxis annularis) is that it will have up to 10 dark vertical bars along its sides. Sometimes though, they are faint. A real good way to tell if you take the time is that the dorsal fin (on top) of the white crappie will have five or six spines, while a black crappie will have seven or eight.
You can find white crappie in large reservoirs, rivers & lakes. White crappie are more tolerant of turbid (murky) waters than black crappie.
Young crappie feed on invertebrates such as zooplankton and insects. When they reach a size of about 7 inches, fish become more prevalent in the diet.
White crappie will begin spawning at 56-59°F.
- Choccolocco Creek: It is advised to NOT eat any fish caught from Choccolocco Creek.
White crappie are a bit more tolerant of muddy water than black crappie. The state record is 4 lbs 9 oz. You’ll often hear fishermen refer to good size crappie as “slabs.” Weiss Lake on the Coosa River is known as the Crappie Capital of the World, but you’ll catch crappie in any of the Coosa’s lakes. The most popular method of catching crappie is using live minnows. Finding a school of crappie is so fun, you likely won’t care if they’re white or black crappie, but knowing the difference makes you a smarter angler!