Fish Identification Guide

Black Crappie
Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Silvery fish with irregularly arranged black speckles and blotches on sides and usually 7 or 8 spines in dorsal fin. Spawning males become almost entirely black. They are less tolerant of turbidity and siltation than white crappie. Aquatic insects and large zooplankton compose a larger portion of diet of black crappie than white crappie. They usually are heavier at any given length than white crappie. They can become overpopulated if predator populations are low. Crappies (black and white combined) are one of the top 5 commonly sought-after sport fish.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at