Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
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Posted on October 3, 2013 | Permalink
Black Nose Crappie
Location: Public Lake
I was fishing a small public lake in central Maryland and to my great surprise I caught this 13 inch Black-Nose Crappie on a 1/80th ounce hairjig. Check out the stripe atop the ridge of this fish. I caught a smaller one a year ago in a private pond, but this was from a public fishery.
Have there been any other reports of black-nosed crappies from other waters of the state?
DNR Response: Hello Jim, if you look on the internet you will see discussion about Black–Nose Crappie. It is apparently a recessive gene that has been found in Black Crappie in 14 states. I have never heard of them in Maryland before but that doesn’t mean they aren't in other ponds and lakes. I would suspect most fishermen do not take special notice of them. Apparently from articles I read on the internet fish hatcheries can increase the number of this color phase in a population by selective breeding of this recessive gene.