Warmwater Sportfish I.D.
New York Fishing
Note: White crappie (not shown) can be similar in coloration to black crappie. They can best be told apart by comparing the distance from the eye to the front of the dorsal fin (A) with the length of the base of the dorsal fin (B). In white crappie, B is significantly shorter than A, while the lengths are pretty much equal in black crappie. Black crappie also have 7–8 dorsal spines, while white crappie usually have 6 (rarely 7).