View Full Version : white vs. blacks

das speck hunter
05-30-2011, 02:13 PM
We dont have white crappie in here in Florida. So I dont know anything about them other than looks. So do they have different patterns of feeding, spawn at different times than blacks, like slow movement, or most importantly taste different?? Just wondering.....

05-30-2011, 02:20 PM
They taste the same. The blacks are more structure oriented whereas the whites are more likely to be found in open water at times. The blacks also seem to put up a little more of a fight when hooked, in my opinion.

05-31-2011, 07:49 AM
I think the whites are a little softer fish to eat. In the northeast the whites seem to be behind the blacks when patterning.

05-31-2011, 01:05 PM
Around here blacks tend to spawn near rocky structure, and whites seem to prefer woody structure. They all taste great to me, including blacknose.

05-31-2011, 01:09 PM
I believe the whites start spawning after the majority of the blacks are finished. They inhabit the same body of water here and you generally catch a mixed bag of whites and blacks without fishing two different patterns. They both eat great to me.;):)

hair jig
05-31-2011, 01:23 PM
Blacks aee more of clear water fish though can thrive in both they are more of a insect eater than the white crappie. White crappie like stained
water and spwan in shalower water because of less light penertration taste is the same great!!!!

06-01-2011, 07:44 AM
White crappie like stained
water and spawn in shallower water because of less light penertration

Actually ... it's the other way around. There's more light penetration in shallow water, even stained shallow water. White Crappie will spawn shallow in heavily stained or murky water .. but, in clearer waters, they'll spawn as deep as 10' or more. It all depends on the ambient water temps vs the needed amount of light penetration.

Black Crappie tend to spawn first, given that they prefer a cooler water temp range. They also tend to stay shallow longer than White Crappie. Black Crappie prefer weeds/rocks, but will utilize wood if it's the only cover available. White Crappie like wood, primarily ... but will also utilize weeds or pea gravel.

Most all of the available info on spawning rituals, of either species of Crappie, is usually based on "normal" (& consistant) conditions. BUT - I'm not sure I've EVER seen "normal" conditions .... LOL !! At least not for more than a day or two ... then something usually comes along & interrupts the whole process.

... cp