Black Crappie

Other Common Names:

Bream, Mason perch, freckle, slab, grass bass, speckled perch, specks, calico bass, sac-a-lait, speckled crappie


Scientific Name:

Pomoxis nigromaculatus



Feeds on fish and insects



Prefers clear water with aquatic vegetation



Average length is 8-12 inches



Silvery with a dark back and green or blackish mottling on the sides; "hump-backed" with 7-8 spines in the dorsal fin


Photo and text courtesy of

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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