black crappie


: a silvery black-mottled sunfish (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) of eastern and central North America having seven or eight protruding spines on the dorsal fins

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Recent Examples on the Web Read Next: Watch Two Old-School Crappie Fishermen Win a Pro Tournament with Cane Poles and No Electronics Allee explains that his 18.25-inch black crappie weighed around 3 pounds 15 ounces on his hand scale, which would have been enough to break the state’s weight record as well. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 17 Jan. 2024 Idaho is home to both white and black crappie — they are distinguished by lighter and darker markings. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 But Eric Allee may change that notion after catching a slab of a black crappie that broke the state record a few months ago. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 17 Jan. 2024 Expect to catch plenty of largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, and catfish. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 15 Aug. 2023 White crappie spots are also loosely arranged in a series of vertical bars along a fish’s flanks, while black crappie spots are irregular and scattered along the fish’s side. Popular Science, 1 June 2020 The Phillips Chain holds a diverse fish population, including walleyes, northern pike, muskellunge, smallmouth bass, black crappies and bluegills, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2023 Similarly, black crappie mean length increased in 15/5 lakes only, with a mean increase of over 2 inches. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 To get a preliminary assessment with how things were going, the DNR evaluated the panfish populations in experimental and reference lakes, including measuring more than 17,000 bluegill in 96 lakes and 11,000 black crappie in 40 lakes. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black crappie was circa 1827

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“Black crappie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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black crappie

: a silvery black mottled sunfish of the central and eastern U.S.

called also calico bass

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