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Identification: Very similar to the White Crappie, but differs by having a shorter body between the snout and dorsal fin origin, 7-8 (vs. 6) dorsal-fin spines, and sides more boldly patterned with dark green or black speckles and blotches (vs. sides with dark vertical bars). Adults can grow to 19 in. (6 lbs.), but most range from 8-15 in. (1-2 lbs.).
Distribution and Habitat: Occurs statewide in streams, rivers, and reservoirs, but less common than White Crappie. Habitat requirements are similar to those of White Crappie, but less tolerant of turbid (muddy) waters. The Black Crappie tends to be more abundant in natural lakes (e.g, oxbows) and reservoirs having clearer water.