||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
50 panfish total (no more than 25 White Crappie)
||Becks, Lums and Noxontown Ponds
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||White Crappie can be found around aquatic vegetation and submerged woody material such as tree tops and brush piles. In late winter/early spring, White Crappie congregate in large schools, often in deeper water.
They feed on insects, small crayfish, and small fishes.
|Did You Know?
White Crappie are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).
White Crappie are much less common than the Black Crappie.
White Crappies are more tolerant of turbid water than Black Crappies.
Crappies are known as "paper mouths" because of their large thin lips.
|Common Lures and Baits
White 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
White 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
White 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.
White Crappie are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.