Recreation and Park District
There are two different species of crappie, black and white, but they are difficult for even the most experienced crappie angler to tell apart. The species are very similar and can be found throughout the United States. The most reliable method of discerning between the two is counting the dorsal fin spines. Black crappie normally have seven or eight, white crappie usually have six.
Both species of crappie feed predominantly on smaller fish species, as well as zooplankton and insects. By day, crappie tend to be less active and congregate around weed beds or submerged objects, such as logs and boulder. They feed during dawn and dusk. Crappie are highly regarded pan fish and are considered to be among the best-tasting freshwater fish.