Crappie is among the most popular sport fish in the United States. They are well-known by different names including sac-a-lait, white perch, paper-mouth and calico bass. Crappie is one of the most sought after to catch because of its great taste. Their white flesh is one of the most tasteful fresh water fish.
Let's discuss basic facts. There are two different species of crappie, white and black crappie. Crappie are closely related to the family of sunfishes and black basses.
The best way to distinguish black from white crappie is to consider their dorsal fin spines. Black crappie usually has 7-8 spines and white crappie typically have 6 spines. Distinguishing the two species by its color is not a reliable method. Black crappie has uneven dark speckles and streaks on their sides. White crappies have lighter colors and have unique vertical bars which can be seen at their sides. It's hard to distinguish the two species during the spawn, since both of them become darker in appearance.
Crappies are found in lakes and along river banks throughout the country, during their reproduction season, that is the spring season, it is also the best time to catch lots of them. Crappie fish are usually somewhat fertile as they reproduce fast in a specific period of time. Crappie populations are cyclical and unpredictable and are plenty in size. Crappie usually feeds from dusk to dawn and they like eating crustaceans, minnows, insects and small fish. They can reach their size from 12 to 18 inches long. They can aged until 2 to 3 years.
Ultralight spinning tackles from cane poles are best used to caught with most kinds of crappies. You can use live bait for crappie from medium-size to min. Artificial lures of various kinds such as small spinners ranging from 1/32 to 1/8 ounce is recommended for use.
Crappie are tasteful and can be cooked a different ways. Bigger crappie is good for filleted while small crappie can be filleted or gutted and scaled. Crappie fish can be cook in hot oil and fry it for several minutes. It can also be baked, fried, or sautéed to experience the variety taste of it.