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Black Crappie
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Science Name: Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Other Names: speckled perch, specks, papermouth, bachelor perch, calico bass, strawberry bass, or white perch
Ideal Temp: 70 to 75
World Record: 4 lbs. 8 ounces Kerr Lake
Environment: river and lakes
Techniques: light tackle, cassting, fly fishing
Range: Most of U.S and Canada

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Pammiepi | Posted: June 14, 2012

My favorite winter activity is night fishing the pond (Black Creek, FL) for Crappie. Small hook with a minnow, bobber (about the only time I use one), tossed out into the middle of the pond. Seems to be the best time of year to catch them. Give a good fight and are fun to catch. I occasionally catch them other times of the year with bait (minnow or worms) or lures.

Crappie master# 2 | Posted: December 11, 2009

The best time to fish for crappie is in the winter because they are all grouped up looking for food and if you catch one you usally catch a bunch

George | Posted: December 11, 2009

The best time fish for crappie is in the winter because they are all grouprd up and looking for food and if you catch one you usally catch a bunch.

pyro | Posted: October 25, 2009

jigs or spinnerbucktail are good

Dave, President JTCC | Posted: October 5, 2009

When using a lite bite slip bobber and fishing in brush below the water surface, use a second slip bobber knot above the split shot weight. If your line should break during a snag, the line normally breaks at the split shot and you will be able to retreive your slip bobber.

Never use pliers to pinch your split shot weight on your fishing line, this will damage your line and when fighting the big fish is where your fishing line will break at the split shot weight. You should use only pressure of your fingers when using split shot weights. If you should experience the split shot weight slipping down the line while casting, wrap the fishing line around the split shot weight once before squeezing the split shot weight closed, this will keep the split shot weight from moving on your line and changing the presentation of your live or artificial bait. Visit us at

seans sportfishin | Posted: March 3, 2009

these fish sometimes gather in schools in open water were a good way to find them isdrop a small minow down at diferent depths and areas and wait for a bite then wait alittle longer if the bites keep up stay , if not keep looking

CATFISH MASTER | Posted: October 24, 2008

these little guys can be caught year round and are best caught on beetle spinners, rooster tails, and jigs. anything bright or flashy works best. The best way to catch these tastey little guys however, is to use a number 6 golden hook with a small split shot and a bobber set about 12-15 inches from your hook. use small minnows, and hook them in the backbone or tail. cast around logs, brush, weedbeds, and lilly pads. sit and wait. also a very very slow retrieve of the bobber and minnow will produce strikes.

JOHN M | Posted: May 17, 2008

The crappies are not easily afraid,if you see them by the shore they will come back there shortly if you you scare them. They prefer smaller baits and brightly colored baits.

shortie419 | Posted: May 7, 2007

thumbs up!!!! great fish!!!!

fish.magnet@hotmail. | Posted: December 15, 2006

use a mimic minnow that looks like a perch

JeVaughn A.Boyce | Posted: August 15, 2006

Always know what bait your fish eats.

Chris | Posted: October 25, 2005

try a marabou jig fished under a european bobber. crappies sometimes swim upwards while inhaling the jig. at rest you can only see the very very tip of the bobber ( the rest is submerged) so when a crappie swims up u'll know to set the hook

[email protected] | Posted: March 14, 2004

We use the falls lake river on the dam. I walk to the river cross the fence and stand on the ground. Just use flot small and 8 inches then casting on the water flat water near the tree top. the crappie use like bite the jigs yellow jig. So it is good tumb up the black crappie.