By , September 28, 2008 10:47 pm

The Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) is a native fish to the eastern portions of Canada and the United States, but has been widely introduced to the west coast. Many people don’t think of Crappie Fishing when California comes to mind, yet we have some great Crappie fishing in the Golden State. Black Crappie can be distinguished from their counterpart the White Crappie by the fact that White Crappie have 5-6 spines on the dorsal fin while Black Crappie have 7-8. Crappie are highly regarded as game fish, and many people say that they are among the best tasting of all freshwater fish.

Time of year: Late Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Crappie will hit many different flies. Use a fly that coincides with the depth of water the fish are holding in.

Rod and Reel: 3-5 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF Floating line)

Locations: Many Mountain Lakes in Southern California and some Urban Park Lake in San Bernardino County

Black Crappie

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