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White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis)

The White Crappie or Pomoxis annularis is a freshwater fish from the Sunfish family Centrarchidae. This popular angling fish is found in all of the lower 48 United States. This fish will feed on a large variety of things including insects, crustaceans and also baby Muskellunge, Walleye and Northern Pike.

If you are fishing for White Crappie you can often find them around weed beds, logs, large rocks and other large underwater structures. The best to time to fish for White Crappie is during the evening or early morning. Spinners, jigs, minnows and worms can all be used to catch this very edible fish, just like its close relative the Black Crappie. They are even caught in the wintertime through the ice.

As with other members of the sunfish family, White Crappie build nests when they spawn. These nests will look very similar that of the Bluegill, round and relatively large in size. Spawning occurs in the spring when water temperatures reach 60°F to 70°F. It only takes about 5 days for the fry to hatch, but they are literally stuck to the nest by an adhesive for another 3-4 days. Once they manage to break themselves free they begin to feed and can grow 5" in just the first year. The biggest White Crappie on records was just over 5lbs caught in Mississippi.  You can check out some White Crappie fishing in the video below... 

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