artwork by Howard Friedman
White Crappie lives in lakes and some large rivers in areas associated with submerged aquatic vegetation. It is more tolerant of turbid waters than Black Crappie, and it is more of a Midwestern species. It is known in all western and southern watersheds but absent from several northern watersheds, Long Island and Newark Bay. It is native to western Great Lakes and Allegheny watersheds and is not native to Genesee, Oswegatchie and eight of the Atlantic slope watersheds. It has been introduced to many lakes but there is not an obvious range expansion.