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White Crappie

Pomoxis annularis

Image of a White Crappie

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.

It is more of a Midwestern species. It is known in all the western and southern watersheds but absent from several northern watersheds, Long Island and Newark Bay. It is native to the 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.

Fish atlas map for White Crappie.