Black crappie have a compressed body, arched back, dorsal and anal fins of similar size and shape, seven or eight dorsal spines, and a large mouth with an upper jaw extending under the eye. The sides and fins are mottled with irregular dark spots that do not form a distinct pattern. They are most similar to white crappie, which usually have vertical bands on their sides and have five or six dorsal spines.
Scientific Name: Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Adult size: 5-19 inches
Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state
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