Black Crappie

The black crappie is often mistook for white crappie. The black crappie is deeper bodied with a silvery-green color. Unlike the distinct vertical bars of the white crappie, the black crappie has irregular black blotches. When water reaches 60 degrees F, it’s nest building time. Adult black crappie eat more insects and crustaceans rather than fish like their cousins, the white crappie. Black crappie are native to the central portion of the state exclusive of the Edwards Plateau, and have been widely introduced. They are abundant in the clear, acidic waters of east and northeast Texas. Black crappie over 3.5 pounds have been caught in public waters. In private waters, almost 4.5 pounds.