Crappie

freshwater fish in the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. The type species is P. annularis, the white crappie. The common name crappie (pronounced /&#712;kr&#593;pi&#720;/), [1] [2] refers to either of the Pomoxis species, both of which are extremely popular game fish.<br />
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Both species of crappie as adults feed predominantly on smaller species, including the young of their own predators (which include the northern pike, muskellunge, and walleye). They have diverse diets, however, including zooplankton, insects, and crustaceans.[3] [4] [5] By day, crappie tend to be less active and to concentrate around weed beds or submerged objects, such as logs and boulders; they feed especially at dawn and dusk, moving then into open water or approaching the shore.[5] [6] [7]<br />
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The Pomoxis species are highly regarded game fishes and are often considered to be among the best tasting freshwater fish. Because of their diverse diets, crappie may be caught in many ways, including casting light jigs, trolling with minnows or artificial lures, using small spinnerbaits, or using bobbers. Crappies are also popular with ice-fishers, as they are active in winter.[5] [6] [7] [8]<br />
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The genus name Pomoxis derives from the Greek &pi;&#974;&mu;&alpha; (cover, plug, operculum) and &omicron;&xi;&#973;&sigmaf; (sharp). The common name (also spelled croppie or crapp&eacute;), derives from the Canadian French crapet, which refers to many different fishes of the family Centrarchidae. Note that the plural form of the name, crappies, tends not to be used, by analogy with fishes, except to refer to types of crappie. Other names for crappies are papermouths, calico bass, strawberry bass, white perch, specks, speckled perch, sac-a-lait (in southern Louisiana)[9], rock bass and Oswego bass.

All Central ND Lakes | 2/14/16

Fished Harmon lake this morning. Drilled holes and hopped around until I found some active fish. Caught a dozen bluegill and crappie in 10 minutes, but none were big enough to keep. Then I set up the house and I didn't have another bite the rest of the morning. Was going to move around more, but the wet snow on the ice made for tough going. Sled plowed snow instead of sliding over it and the ice was so slick I could hardly stand on it without falling. Had to take a step, plant my feet, then pull the sled forward a couple feet at a time.

December 30th

Fished Beaver Bay on 12/30/2015, It was slow. Judging by the number of houses, you'd think it was THE place to be. We fished the old creek channel and ended up with a few crappies, a few perch, and a walleye. Fished from about 10 am until 9 pm. Ice was about 10 inches thick.

Good Fishing on Oahe

Good fishing on the upper reaches of Lake Oahe right now in North Dakota. Most fish are still holding fairly shallow along shorelines or sunken humps.

I was out on Friday and we found fish in rocky areas, holding on points or on scattered rock between points. Crankbaits put a bunch of fish in the boat- Flicker Shads and Flicker Minnows trolled 2 to 2.4 mph in 10-15 FOW did the job for us.

Upper Lake Oahe is in great shape with lots of water and baitfish. The bite is on...

Missouri River (ND Lower Portion) - Saturday, February 28, 2015

 Crappie bite was hot where we were at Beaver Bay. Kept around 24 between 4 of us and heard reports of a 7 man limit nearby. We were in the middle of the houses near some trees sticking through the ice. Fished around a tree and that seemed to help quite a bit.

Missouri River (ND Lower Portion) - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Went to Beaver Bay for the first time.  Went out and hit it hard all day but no luck anywhere.  Fished 10 ft to 18 ft.   Marked a few but nothing biting.  Kid got bored so we moved shallow for northerns and not a bite.  Tons of houses and people coming and going all day, so something must be around, we just could not find them.

Fish Creek Dam - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Went out Sunday to some of my go to spots on the east side of the lake and was pretty slow. Caught 1 14"  brown, and a dink bow in about 15-20 fow.  Decided to move to the west end and try and find some crappie since I've never caught any there during the winter, walked out about 100 feet east of the boat ramp and drilled about 3 holes before my auger decided to act up and start bogging down...another story for a different day. Anyway I stuck the ducer in the hole only to see it was 2.5 feet deep.

Jamestown Reservior - Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello gentleman,

I want to take my two sons out fishing on Saturday.  I'm wondering if someone can give me some pointers on where to start?  I'm not looking for a hot spot or anything, just some general help to put him on fish.  I have not fished the reservoir in many years.  I also do not care what species we catch. Thank you in advance and happy new year.

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