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Florida Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Flier
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Oscar
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
Warmouth
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

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Lake Carlton
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Lake Denham
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Lake Dias
Lake Disston
Doctors Lake
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Eagle Lake
East Lake Tohopekaliga
Ella Lake
Lake Eloise
Lake Eustis
Lake Fairview
Lake Geneva
Lake Gentry
Lake George
Lake Griffin
Lake Haines
Lake Hamilton
Lake Hancock
Lake Harney
Lake Harris
Lake Hart
Lake Hartridge
Lake Hatchineha
Lake Hellen Blazes
Holly Lake
Lake Howard
Lake Ida
Lake Idylwild
Lake Istokpoga
Lake Ivanhoe
Lake Jackson (Sebring)
Lake Jackson (Tallahassee)
Lake Jesup
John's Lake
Lake Josephine
Lake Juliana
Lake June-in-Winter
Kenansville Lake
Lake Kerr
Lake Kissimmee
Lake Lawne
Ledwith Lake
Levy Lake
Little Lake Harris
Lake Livingston
Lake Lizzie
Lochloosa Lake
Loughman Lake
Lake Louisa
Lowry Lake
Lake Manatee
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Lake Mary Jane
Lake Mattie
Lake Miccosukee
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Lake Miona
Lake Monroe
Lake Myakka
Newnans Lake
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Orange Lake
Lake Osborne
Lake Panasoffkee
Lake Parker
Lake Pierce
Lake Placid
Lake Poinsett
Puzzle Lake
Lake Reedy
Lake Rochelle
Rodman Reservoir
Lake Rosalie
Lake Rousseau
Lake Sampson
Lake Santa Fe
Sawgrass Lake
Sellers Lake
Lake Seminole
Shipp Lake
South Lake
Starke Lake
Stick Marsh
Lake Summit
Lake Talquin
Lake Tarpon
Tenoroc Lakes
Lake Thonotosassa
Lake Tibet
Tiger Lake
Lake Tohopekaliga
Lake Trafford
Trout Lake (Osceola Cty)
Tsala Apopka Chain
Turkey Lake
Lake Underhill
Ward Lake (Bill Evers Reservoir)
Lake Washington
Lake Weir
Lake Weohyakapka
Wildcat Lake
Lake Winder
Lake Woodruff
Lake Yale
FishExplorer Rivers with Black Crappie
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Black Crappie
Crappies have the deep and laterally compressed body commonly associated with sunfish. Their mouths are fairly large, typical of fish eaters, with the upper jaw extending below the eye. Dorsal and anal fins are large and similar in shape.  Black crappies are typically silvery-gray to white with black mottling. During spawn they often take on a blackish coloring. While frequently confused with white crappie, they are readily distinguished by counting the dorsal spines.  Black crappie has 7-8, whereas the white have 6 or less. Thanks to stocking, black crappie can be found throughout much of the United States.  Their maximum size is under 20 inches and around 5-6 lbs. 
 
Black crappies prefer clear water with an abundance of aquatic vegetation. Before spawn, they from large schools and move shallow to feed.  Crappies are nest builders and spawn in late spring when water temperatures approach 60 degrees. They nest in the spring, generally when water temperatures reach 60°F. Nests are guarded by the males, much the same as other sunfish.
 
Crappies prefer to feed during early morning and evening periods, but are often active during the day and late into the evening.  Smaller fish feed on a large variety of crustaceans, insect larva and plankton.  Larger fish typically prefer small fish,  such as minnows.
 
Popular with anglers, crappie can be caught on a large number of lures and live bait and are highly prized for their table quality.  Regardless of what method an angler uses to catch they, care is required when setting the hook and playing crappie, as their paper thin mouths are easily torn.
 

Black Crappie in Florida

The following is courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
 
Appearance: A deep body with nearly symmetrical dorsal and anal fins and a speckled pattern on the body and fins identify the black crappie.
 
Habitat: Unlike most other panfish, crappie spend much of their time offshore feeding on small fish in lakes or in large slow-moving clear water rivers.
 
Behavior: They nest in colonies from February to April. Nests are fanned by males over gravel or muddy bottoms in depths of 3-8 feet, with big fish deeper. Primary food items are crustaceans, aquatic insects and small fishes.


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