|Kentucky Lake Outdoor Guide- Fishing, Hunting and everything outdoors......|
Both white and black crappie live in ponds, lakes, reservoirs and low-gradient streams and rivers. They concentrate around brush, fallen trees and stumps. Both species feed on insects, freshwater shrimp, amphipods and small fishes and are found throughout Tennessee except in higher elevations in the east. Although both are common in their Tennessee range, white crappie is more abundant.
Black Crappie: (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)
Black crappie are found in quiet, warm waters, and are often
associated with thick aquatic vegetation and sandy to muddy
White Crappie: (Pomoxis annularis)
White crappie are found in streams, lakes
and slow-moving areas of large rivers, and they thrive in small lakes
and reservoirs. They are more tolerant of muddy water than black
crappie. White crappie males often become much darker during the
spawning season and at that time are often misidentified as black
Crappie are thought of by many as the best tasting
fish that Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley have to offer. The meat is very
delicate and mild; most often breaded in cornmeal and fried.