Scientific Name
Pomoxis negromaculatus
Black Crappie
Image Credit
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
18-25 centimetres (7-10 inches)
0.23–0.45 kilograms (0.5–1.0 pounds)
Similar Species

found throughout southern Ontario, including protected bays of the southern Great Lakes and in northwestern Ontario

  • small, deep-bodied fish
  • silver with blue or green iridescence and irregular mosaic of distinct black blotches
  • 7 to 8 dorsal fin spines
  • 6 to 7 anal fin spines
  • large mouth extends below middle of eye
  • warm, clear, vegetated lakes, ponds and rivers
  • little current
  • open areas adjacent to cover
  • access to deeper water in winter and summer
Angling Tips
  • move in schools
  • bite during the day, especially during overcast weather
  • bite most often during low light periods (dawn and dusk)
  • best fishing in April and early May as the ice clears, and crappie follow schools of bait into warmer, shallow water
  • eyes are positioned to see upward, so work bait slightly above them
  • use light spinning or fly-fishing tackle and 6-pound or less line
Common Bait
  • spinners
  • panfish jigs
  • small crankbaits
  • streamer flies
  • small live minnows, nymphs