In Florida, they call the fish a “speck.” Louisiana anglers call the same fish a sac-a-lait. Some Southern anglers pronounce crappie as “crappy” and Northern and Midwestern fishermen pronounce the same fish as “
Although both species look similar, there are some differences that will help you tell these crappie apart. Here is a look at the two species of crappie with some clues on how to tell which one you just caught.
Black Crappie Vs White Crappie
This crappie has dark olive with shades of emerald and purple on its back and silvery or white sides and belly. Its sides are mottled with dark green or black arranged in speckles and blotches. A broad dark brown stripe often extends along the middle of its back from the front of the dorsal fin to the tip of the lower jaw and underneath the head along the throat. The dorsal, tail and anal fins are marked with a pattern of black which gives the fins a dark coloring with whitish spots. The black crappie’s dorsal fin usually features seven or eight spines. The distance from the center of its eye to the beginning of the dorsal fin is nearly the same as the length of the base of the dorsal fin. This crappie’s body is more compact with a snub-nosed look and a small mouth.
White Crappie Vs Black Crappie