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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
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

White Crappie
Laterally compressed, with a similar appearance to black crappie, White crappies have vertical bars rather than scattered spots.  These silvery fish usually have 5 or 6 spines in dorsal fin, whereas black have seven or more. Spawning males become dark and anglers frequently confuse them with black crappie.

White crappies are commonly found in warm, turbid lakes, reservoirs, and river backwaters. They are frequently seen schooling around submerged logs or submerged boulders. In the evening and early morning they tend to move out into open water to feed.  Their temperature preference is the low 80’s. They have greater tolerance for increased alkalinity, and turbidity compared to other sunfish. But require good oxygen levels.
Spawning begins when temperatures reach the low 60’s Fahrenheit.  Sexually maturing by the second or third year, crappies build nests in colonies around/in bushes or close to banks, in shallow water. Nests are shallow depression on hard clay bottoms or aquatic vegetation. Males guard the nests until the eggs hatch.
Young crappie feed on zooplankton and insect larvae during their first year of life. As they grow, small fish and aquatic insects are added to their diet. Crappie are especially active at sunrise, sunset and at night during the summer.
Most Recent White Crappie Forum Posts
Got into some Crappie at CC 01.20.24 by Wreckstar
crappie 04.19.17 by papabatman
50-60 fish day 02.16.15 by ColoradoOutdoorsman
Big Crapper 11.05.14 by Steelhead
fly fishing by my school 09.22.14 by ColoradoOutdoorsman
Crappie and white bass 06.28.14 by Orion/CO
Your opinion 05.01.14 by jman
Anyone ready for a Tailgate fish fry ? 02.13.14 by IceFishingFool
HUGE CRAPPIE 01.03.14 by TigerHunter
White Crappie Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Hot Carp Action 09.14.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Crappie Fish'n Has Been Good 05.26.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Fifteen, But Who’s Counting? – Oh, I Am! 10.17.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Crappies for Christmas 01.02.14 by Mitch Bradshaw
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: "Springtime" Fishing 02.13.12 by Amy Block
Blog: 4 Apps Every Angler With A Smartphone Should Use 02.09.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Clouser Pattern Detailed - New Article 12.16.11 by Matt Snider
Recent Colorado White Crappie Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by oldblue156 - by Wreckstar - Slab by Ziggity321 - by TubeFisher - by Chig - by papabatman - by The Doc - by Rapty - by Flyrodn - Nice North Sterling white crappie by chrism2505 - by led2zep - by Steelhead - by The Doc - by JKaboom - 06.08.2014 - Fished from about 6:45 AM to 9:15 with Bud (IceFishingFool) tried jigging for first half hour then trolled for about 1 1/2 hours then jigging again for the last half hour or so.  Weather was overcast with breeze initially then picked up created about 2 ft` chop then calmed a little and sun poked out.  Water visibility was about 2`.  I got one MA 14" crappie, Bud got 3 short walleye and one other keeper crappie.  Beached Bud`s boat just before 10 AM to get ready for the fish fry which was great! by The Doc - by Flyrodn - by cookster - by cookster - by christiang73 - by jerussell1980 - 13+ inch white crappie by tazz - yah litter hooker. what a beautyful day by LewsTherinTelemon - First crappie!
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