We see a constant increase in crappie popularity. Beginners and pro fishermen just love to catch them. We are referring to this freshwater fish that scientifically is known under the name of Pomoxis. There are 2 main species of Pomoxis: annularis (commonly known as white crappie) and Nigromaculatus (the black crappie). When we are using the word crappie we are referring to both species. Even if there are people that are not aware of this fact, the white crappie and the black crappie share a similar popularity in game fishing.
Crappie will feed in most cases with smaller species of fish. Adults usually show this behavior. What stands out as highly interesting is that you will find them eating younger specimens of predators. This will include walleye and even the northern pike. When there are no small fish around to feed the diet is changed to insects, zooplankton and even crustaceans.
Crappies fish will be really active at night and a lot less active while the sun is up. This is because feeding time is from dusk till dawn, when they move around open water and even approach shores. Most crappies are to be caught at night and you should actually think about night fishing for them. Since the diet of this fish is really diversified you can use many different techniques and baits to catch it. Even when winter comes you can apply similar crappie fishing techniques as the fish is to be active then too.
Black crappies are highly similar to white crappies. The only real difference that can be spotted easily is that the black crappie is a little darker and has a pattern of black spots in its body. You can accurately identify a crappie as a member of one species by looking at the dorsal fin. Black crappie has seven to eight spines. Also, black crappies fish will mostly be found in waters that are clearer when compared with white crappies. You should know that it is the black crappie that usually mostly feeds on other fish.
One of the regions where crappie angling has become very popular is North America. One of the most popular ways to catch them is the use of spider rigging while using different baits. Most fishermen will use crank baits, live minnows and lead jig heads. You can also dump live bait right into the water or chum it in order to attract large crappies fish school banks. No matter the method chosen, the crappie is highly popular and once you go out and catch it you can clearly understand why.