Other names: Crappie, white perch, perch, sac-a-lait, papermouth, slab, speckled perch, speck
Other names: crappie, white perch, perch, sac-a-lait, papermouth, slab
Black and white crappie are very similar fish that are often found schooling together. They are found pretty much everywhere in the country, with black crappie being more common in the northern US and Canada than white crappie. Though many people are unable to tell the difference between the two even when catching them together, it is fairly easy for the trained eye. Both types have the same colors, but white crappie have vertical bars on their sides and black crappie have just random blotches.
The average size of crappie is between one half and one pound, though they are known to grow much larger. Crappie are prolific breeders that will overpopulate small bodies of water very quickly if the population is not controlled. In light of this, bag limits are typically quite generous; making this is a very popular fish for serious recreational anglers and meat hunters alike.
Crappie have delicious, flaky, white flesh that has earned them the reputation among many as the finest tasting fish that swims in freshwater. The Cajun name for crappie in South Louisiana, "sac-a-lait," literally translated as "sack of milk," is a testament to the fine white meat of the crappie.