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The black crappie can be found in many freshwater habitats throughout North America. It is a popular game fish and has been introduced widely into lakes, ponds, sloughs, pools, backwaters and steams. This fish prefers environments with clear water and vegetation over mud or sand bottoms.
The black crappie has a deep and strongly compressed body which is mottled in dark green to black with silvery markings. It ranges in length from about 8 to 12 inches and averages around 5 lbs. The largest individual recorded was 19.3 inches and about 6 lbs.
Look for the black crappie in the overhead river in the River Scout gallery.