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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Black Crappie
Adams County Fairground Lakes
Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake)
Allen Park Lake
Anticline Pond
Lake Arbor
Lake Avery (Big Beaver Reservoir)
Barnum Park Lake
Barr Lake
Bear Creek Ponds
Lake Beckwith
Big Thompson Ponds
Bingham Lake-Pinery Reservoir
Blue Heron Lake
Boedecker Reservoir
Boulder Reservoir
Bowles Grove Pond
Boyd Lake
Brighton City Park Lake
Brush Hollow Reservoir
Camenisch Park Pond
Carter Lake
Chartiers Pond (Brush SWA)
Chatfield Reservoir
Cherry Creek Reservoir
Cherry Knolls Pond
Chipeta Lakes SWA
City Park Lake (Denver)
Civic Center Park Lake (Thornton)
Clear Creek Pond
Community College Pond
Confluence Lake
Connected Lakes
Corn Lake
Cottonwood Lake (Pearl Parkway Boulder)
Crawford Reservoir
Crown Hill Lake
Dawn Pond
Dixon Reservoir
Doty Park Pond
Douglas Reservoir
Eastman Park
Echo Canyon Reservoir
Ehrlich Lake
Elaine T. Valente Open Space
Elkhead Reservoir
Erie Lake
Frank SWA
Garfield Lake
Garland Park Lake (Lollipop Lake)
Lake Geneva
Golden Meadow Park (Ft. Collins)
Grandview Ponds
Harriman Lake
Harvey Gap Reservoir
Heinricy Lake
Lake Henry
Highline Lake
Holbrook Reservoir
Horsetooth Reservoir
Hugo SWA Ponds
Hunters Glen Lake
Hyland Ponds
Izaak Walton Pond
Jackson Lake
Jim Baker Reservoir
John Martin Reservoir
Johnstown Reservoir
Jumbo Annex (Red Lion SWA)
Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg)
Kenney Reservoir
KOA Lake
Lagerman Reservoir
Lon Hagler Reservoir
Lonetree Reservoir
Lake Loveland
Lowell Ponds
Mack Mesa Lake
McCall Lake
McIntosh Lake
McKay Lake
McMurry Ponds
McPhee Reservoir
Mead Ponds
Meadow Park Lake
Mike Higbee SWA (Clay Creek Pond)
Milavec Reservoir
Narraguinnep Reservoir
Navajo Reservoir
Nee Gronda Reservoir
Nee Noshe Reservoir
North Lake Park Pond
North Shields Ponds
North Sterling Reservoir
Overland Trail Park Pond
Pella Crossing
Pomona Lake #2
Portner Reservoir (Fossil Creek)
Poudre Ponds
Prewitt Reservoir
Promontory Point Park Ponds
Prospect Lake (Colorado Springs)
Prospect Park Lakes (Wheatridge)
Prospect Ponds (FC)
Pueblo Reservoir
Quail Lake
Queens Reservoir
Quincy Reservoir
Ramah Reservoir
Rifle Gap Reservoir
Rio Blanco Lake
River's Edge and Jayhawker Ponds
Riverbend Ponds
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Rogers Grove - Fairgrounds Lake
Rotella Park Pond
Runyon-Fountain Lakes
Sheldon Lake (City Park)
Siena Reservoir
Simpson Ponds SWA
Sloan Lake
Smith Lake (Lar. Cty.) (Boxelder #3)
Smith Reservoir (Lakewood)
Spratt-Platte Lake
St. Vrain State Park (Barbour Ponds)
Stalker Lake
Standley Lake
Stearns Lake
Summit Reservoir
Tamarack Ranch Pond
Thornton Gravel Ponds #2 & #3
Thornton Rec Ctr Lake (Carpenter)
Thurston Reservoir
Timnath Reservoir
Tom Frost Reservoir
Totten Lake
Trinidad Reservoir
Turks Pond
Twin Lakes Park Ponds
Two Buttes Reservoir
Union Reservoir
Valco Ponds (North Gateway Park)
Viele Lake
Waneka Lake
Warren Park Pond
Watson Lake (Littleton)
Webster Lake
Westfield Park
Westminster City Park Pond
Windsor Lake
Wonderland Lake
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Black Crappie
Crappies have the deep and laterally compressed body commonly associated with sunfish. Their mouths are fairly large, typical of fish eaters, with the upper jaw extending below the eye. Dorsal and anal fins are large and similar in shape.  Black crappies are typically silvery-gray to white with black mottling. During spawn they often take on a blackish coloring. While frequently confused with white crappie, they are readily distinguished by counting the dorsal spines.  Black crappie has 7-8, whereas the white have 6 or less. Thanks to stocking, black crappie can be found throughout much of the United States.  Their maximum size is under 20 inches and around 5-6 lbs. 
Black crappies prefer clear water with an abundance of aquatic vegetation. Before spawn, they from large schools and move shallow to feed.  Crappies are nest builders and spawn in late spring when water temperatures approach 60 degrees. They nest in the spring, generally when water temperatures reach 60°F. Nests are guarded by the males, much the same as other sunfish.
Crappies prefer to feed during early morning and evening periods, but are often active during the day and late into the evening.  Smaller fish feed on a large variety of crustaceans, insect larva and plankton.  Larger fish typically prefer small fish,  such as minnows.
Popular with anglers, crappie can be caught on a large number of lures and live bait and are highly prized for their table quality.  Regardless of what method an angler uses to catch they, care is required when setting the hook and playing crappie, as their paper thin mouths are easily torn.

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