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Taken together, "crappie" (white and black combined)
is the most popular panfish in Texas. The crappie group is the third
most preferred group overall, ranking behind only "bass" and "catfish."
Crappie are sought after by both bank and boat anglers.
Crappie is considered an excellent game fish when
taken on light tackle. Extreme care must be taken in landing these
fish because their mouths are very tender. Anglers specializing
in catching black crappie know that to be successful the bait must
be kept constantly moving. The best baits are small minnows, small
maribou-covered jigs, plastic minnows, or small streamer flies cast
along the outer edges of weed beds. The crappie lies in weed beds
in deep water during the day and bite best in early morning or toward
evening. In summer, with the abundance of small fish for feed, they
are more difficult to catch. Small minnows are used as bait in winter.
The native range of white crappie included the area
west of the Appalachian Mountains north to southern Ontario and
south to the Gulf of Mexico. The range extended west to Minnesota
and South Dakota in the north, and to northeastern Mexico in the
south. Today the range extends east to the Atlantic coast, and west
to include California and portions of Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico,
Montana, Colorado, Utah, and North Dakota. White crappie are native
to the eastern two-thirds of Texas, but the species can now be found
statewide except for the upper portions of the Rio Grande and Pecos