- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2005

There are two crappie species — white and black — but not all states bother to separate them when it comes to record keeping. Black and white crappies are both the same color, olive with silvery sides and black spots. In black crappies, the spots are more irregular and scattered, while a white crappie’s spots can be paler and appear to be clearly arranged into vertical bars. The black crappie has seven or eight dorsal fin spines, while the white crappie only has six. Telling them apart is a chore that’s hardly worth it because both are fun to catch — and eat.

Crappie fanatics appreciate any specimen that weighs a pound or more. A 2-pounder is considered big, a 3-pounder is huge and 4-pounders are gargantuan.

Virginia’s white crappie record is a 4-pound, 10-ouncer caught in a private pond.

Maryland has a freshwater record of 4 pounds, 7 ounces and a tidal water record of only 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

West Virginia’s record crappie is a 4-pound, 5-ouncer caught 34 years ago.

A world record black crappie that weighed 4 pounds was caught in Kerr Reservoir, Va.

The world record white crappie weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. It was caught at Enid Dam, Miss.

— Gene Mueller

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