AKA (Also Known As)
Slabs, Silver Sunfish
Crappies main diet sourse comes from minnows, and schools of shad in your lake. They can also be found feeding on aquatic insects on the surface during late spring and early fall. They can also be caught on worms, grubs, grasshoppers, and crickets.
Both white and black crappie grow rather slowly compared to the other freshwater game fish. Black crappie live a little longer than whites sometimes reaching 10+ years. To reach 1lb can take from 5 years in the south to over 7 years in the north.
Crappie may be one of the most aggravating fish to chase. You may catch 150 fish in a single hole on Saturday and when you hit it on Sunday, you catch 10 and they are all tiny. Crappie move around the lake more than a lot of species. They also tend to be much more affected by the current weather patterns. Barometric pressure and the moon phases really seem to have more affect on Crappies.