||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
50 panfish total (no more than 25 Black Crappie)
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||Black Crappie can be found around aquatic vegetation and submerged woody material such as tree tops and brush piles. In late winter/early spring, Black Crappie congregate in large schools, often in deeper water.
They feed on insects, small crayfish, and small fishes.
|Did You Know?
Black Crappie are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).
Black Crappies eat more insects and crustaceans than White Crappies.
Black Crappie are more common than the White Crappie. Black Crappie are found statewide and White Crappie are limited to a few ponds in New Castle County.
Crappies are known as "paper mouths" because of their large thin lips.
|Common Lures and Baits
Black Crappie can be caught with artificial flies, small spinners, and jigs.
Small minnow's fished suspended under bobbers are a favored technique.
|Typical Sizes Caught
Black Crappie are commonly caught at lengths of less than 12 inches (less than 1 pound) by Delaware anglers.
|Citation Minimum Length and Weight
Live Release Award
Adult: 12 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 10 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 1 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 0.75 pounds (12 ounces) minimum
Black Crappie are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Crappie" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
|Delaware State Record
4 pounds 9 ounces
"Crappie" is a general category and can be any crappie species.
Black Crappie are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.