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filletfetish
08-14-2012, 10:33 AM
I know everything south of me has both black and white slabs, but the farther north you go you run out of whites? Why is that? I know a black crappie prefers and thrives in better water quality, but is that the only reason?

Even you Mississippi river fisherman. How far north in a river system can whites be caught?

Eager Beaver
08-14-2012, 04:06 PM
All I caught in South Dakota was blacks. But we have both blacks and whites here in Ne. EB

huntinslabs
08-14-2012, 04:34 PM
Can't help ya on the North end, but there ain't no White Crappie in Central Florida.

windstone
08-14-2012, 05:30 PM
as far as mississippi is concerned it ends in my north mississippi cast iron skillet, at least the ones i catch.............

wilbur
08-14-2012, 05:34 PM
There isnt any whites in So. Florida either, at least in Okeechobee

filletfetish
08-14-2012, 07:30 PM
I did not know this about FL. What about the St. Johns river system? George, Crescent and such.

huntinslabs
08-14-2012, 08:13 PM
Nope nada

yankee doodler
08-14-2012, 08:18 PM
Got 'em in limited numbers up here. I've caught a couple outa lake Macatawa here in Holland and I know of a few lakes down along the OH/IN border that hold 'em.

icejohn
08-15-2012, 08:17 PM
up here in upstate ny catch both in the seneca river (part of erie canal system) in spring.
icejohn

heath_88
08-15-2012, 09:04 PM
We catch plenty of them here in N. Illinois in the mississippi river but im not exactly sure how much farther north they get them in the river.

RealDeal
08-15-2012, 09:12 PM
I have caught both in a few lakes up here in MN. But the black crappie is the more common fish of the two.

bfish
08-16-2012, 04:37 PM
http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/speciesmap.aspx?SpeciesID=408

kycreek
08-16-2012, 05:01 PM
Here in my stretch of the river, that's about all I catch in the tributaries. Caught a black nose for the 1st time ever last year in one of the small creeks. Seems like I don't catch the blacks like in years past. Guess it goes in cycles.

crappietale
08-16-2012, 08:23 PM
White crappies are found at least halfway up in Michigan. These are some slabs from Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w259/Mifox/4crappies872010.jpg

slabsrus
09-04-2012, 10:19 AM
I have caught a couple in Gladwin county Michigan, which is just north of the center line of the state

Barnacle Bill
09-04-2012, 10:35 AM
White crappies are found at least halfway up in Michigan. These are some slabs from Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w259/Mifox/4crappies872010.jpg


From just looking I would call these black crappie simply because I do not see any signs of vertical stripes found on the whites. But if you want to know for sure count the spines on the dorsal fin. 5-6 dorsal spines is a white crappie and 7-8 dorsal spines is a black crappie

NIMROD
09-04-2012, 12:07 PM
From just looking I would call these black crappie simply because I do not see any signs of vertical stripes found on the whites. But if you want to know for sure count the spines on the dorsal fin. 5-6 dorsal spines is a white crappie and 7-8 dorsal spines is a black crappie

Those look like they lost color on ice. But the shape and eyes appear to belong to Whites to me.

no1son
09-04-2012, 12:21 PM
I have caught both in a few lakes up here in MN. But the black crappie is the more common fish of the two.

We have some whites here in Minneapolis, but mostly blacks. I would say that by the time one gets into about the center of the state (north to south) one is north of white crappie territory.

One confusion factor that Barnacle Bill points out, is that in some waters black crappie will fade to silver with very few if any markings. They may be still blacks, and then fin spine counts will be needed to verify that. Just because the fish fade in particular waters does not make them white crappies.

I have not caught any white crappies north of the MN Twin Cities myself, and I have only taken true white crappies from one Metro lake here where they are definitely in the minority to begin with. IMO this is just about as far north as whites go in this part of the country.

LBM
09-04-2012, 01:22 PM
White crappies are found at least halfway up in Michigan. These are some slabs from Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w259/Mifox/4crappies872010.jpg

I see some very nice looking humped backed white crappie there and see faint vertical bars on each of them. Iffen I was to place a bet on whether they are white crappie any money I might put a risk would be that they are whites for sure.