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Texas Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blacktail Shiner
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldeye
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Gray Redhorse
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Paddlefish
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Red-bellied Pacu
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Rio Grande Cichlid
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Shortnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead

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FishExplorer Lakes with White Crappie
Alan Henry Reservoir
Aquilla Lake
Lake Arlington
Lake Arrowhead
Bardwell Lake
Lake Bastrop
Belton Lake
Benbrook Lake
Lake Bridgeport
Lake Brownwood
Lake Buchanan
Caddo Lake
Calaveras Lake
Canyon Lake
Lake Casa Blanca
Cedar Creek Reservoir
Lake Coleman
Coleto Creek Reservoir
Lake Conroe
Cooper Lake
Lake Corpus Christi
Lake Dunlap
Eagle Mountain Lake
Fairfield Lake
Falcon Reservoir
Fayette Co. Lake
Lake Fork Reservoir
Fort Phantom Hill Lake
Lake Georgetown
Gibbons Creek Reservoir
Graham Lake
Lake Granbury
Granger Lake
Grapevine Lake
Greenbelt Reservoir
Lake Houston
Inks Lake
J.B. Thomas Reservoir
Lake Jacksonville
Joe Pool Lake
Kickapoo Reservoir
Lake Lavon
Lake Lewisville
Lake Limestone
Lake Livingston
Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ)
Mackenzie Reservoir
McClellan Reservoir
Medina Lake
Lake Meredith
Lake Mexia
Millers Creek Reservoir
Lake Mineral Wells
Lake Nasworthy
Lake O' the Pines
O.H. Ivie
Lake Palestine
Palo Duro Reservoir
Palo Pinto Reservoir
Pat Mayse Lake
Possum Kingdom Lake
Proctor Lake
Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Ray Roberts
Richland Chambers Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Lake
Somerville Lake
Squaw Creek Reservoir
Stillhouse Hollow
Lake Striker
Lake Tawakoni
Lake Texana
Lake Texoma
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir
Lake Travis
Lake Waco
Walter E. Long Lake (Decker)
White River Reservoir
White Rock Lake
Lake Whitney
Wichita Reservoir
Lake Worth
Wright Patman Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with White Crappie
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White Crappie
Laterally compressed, with a similar appearance to black crappie, White crappies have vertical bars rather than scattered spots.  These silvery fish usually have 5 or 6 spines in dorsal fin, whereas black have seven or more. Spawning males become dark and anglers frequently confuse them with black crappie.

White crappies are commonly found in warm, turbid lakes, reservoirs, and river backwaters. They are frequently seen schooling around submerged logs or submerged boulders. In the evening and early morning they tend to move out into open water to feed.  Their temperature preference is the low 80’s. They have greater tolerance for increased alkalinity, and turbidity compared to other sunfish. But require good oxygen levels.
 
Spawning begins when temperatures reach the low 60’s Fahrenheit.  Sexually maturing by the second or third year, crappies build nests in colonies around/in bushes or close to banks, in shallow water. Nests are shallow depression on hard clay bottoms or aquatic vegetation. Males guard the nests until the eggs hatch.
 
Young crappie feed on zooplankton and insect larvae during their first year of life. As they grow, small fish and aquatic insects are added to their diet. Crappie are especially active at sunrise, sunset and at night during the summer.
 

White Crappie in Texas

Description
Pomoxis is Greek for "opercle sharp" and refers to the fact that the fish's gill covers have spines. The word annularis is Latin for "having rings" and refers to the dark bands (vertical bars) around the body. The white crappie is deep-bodied and silvery in color, ranging from silvery-white on the belly to a silvery-green or even dark green on the back. There are several vertical bars on the sides. The dorsal fin has a maximum of six spines. Males may develop dark coloration in the throat region during the spring spawning season.

Life History
Like other members of the sunfish family, white crappie are nest builders. They are similar to bluegills in that they tend to nest in relatively large "beds", and they have very high reproductive potential which often leads to overpopulation and stunting in small lakes and impoundments. White crappie nest in the spring, generally when water temperatures reach 65°F to 70°F. However, spawning activity has been observed at temperatures as low as 56°F. Fry hatch in three to five days, but remain attached to nest substrate by an adhesive substance from the egg for a few more days. Just before leaving the nest, fry free themselves by vigorous swimming actions. Once free, they begin feeding on microscopic animals. Although fry do not appear to school, fingerlings do. Schools with large numbers of individuals are often found in the middle of lakes. Typically, white crappie grow three to five inches in length the first year, and reach seven to eight inches during the second year. Maturity is usually reached in two to three years. Adults feed on small fish and insects.
 
Other
Taken together, "crappie" (white and black combined) is the most popular panfish in Texas. The crappie group is the third most preferred group overall, ranking behind only "bass" and "catfish." Crappie are sought after by both bank and boat anglers. Typically, minnows are the preferred bait, often producing monumental results when an aggregation is located, usually around submerged trees, boat docks, or other submerged structures. White crappie in excess of 4.5 pounds have been landed in Texas waters.

Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife
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Texas White Crappie Photos by Fish Explorer Members
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