The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Pomoxis annularis
Pomoxis annularis
(White Crappie)
Native Transplant
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Pomoxis annularis Rafinesque, 1818

Common name: White Crappie

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Moyle (1976a); Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994).

Size: 53 cm.

Native Range: Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River), and Mississippi River basins from New York and southern Ontario west to Minnesota and South Dakota, and south to the Gulf; Gulf Slope drainages from Mobile Bay, Georgia and Alabama, to the Neuces River, Texas (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences:

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Pomoxis annularis are found here.

StateYear of earliest observationYear of last observationTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
Alabama1976201511Apalachicola Basin; Choctawhatchee-Escambia; Escambia; Lower Choctawhatchee; Lower Conecuh; Middle Chattahoochee-Walter F; Middle Chattahoochee-Walter F George Reservoir; Pea; Upper Choctawhatchee; Upper Conecuh; Yellow
Arizona1924201210Aqua Fria; Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Lower Colorado Region; Lower Lake Powell; Tonto; Upper Gila-San Carlos Reservoir; Upper Little Colorado; Upper Salt; Upper San Pedro; Upper Santa Cruz
California1891200285Aliso-San Onofre; Antelope-Fremont Valleys; Applegate; Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River; Big-Navarro-Garcia; Butte Creek; California; California Region; Calleguas; Carrizo Plain; Central Coastal; Clear Creek-Sacramento River; Cottonwood Creek; Cottonwood-Tijuana; Coyote; Cuyama; Estrella; Fresno River; Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Honcut Headwaters-Lower Feather; Honey-Eagle Lakes; Illinois; Imperial Reservoir; Los Angeles; Lower American; Lower Colorado; Lower Colorado; Lower Eel; Lower Sacramento; Lower Sacramento; Middle Fork Eel; Middle Kern-Upper Tehachapi- Grapevine; Middle Kern-Upper Tehachapi-Grapevine; Middle San Joaquin-Lower Chowchilla; Middle San Joaquin-Lower Merced-Lower Stanislaus; Monterey Bay; Newport Bay; Pajaro; Panoche-San Luis Reservoir; Paynes Creek-Sacramento River; Sacramento-Stone Corral; Salinas; San Diego; San Francisco Bay; San Francisco Coastal South; San Gabriel; San Jacinto; San Joaquin; San Joaquin Delta; San Luis Rey-Escondido; San Pablo Bay; Santa Ana; Santa Barbara Coastal; Santa Clara; Santa Margarita; Santa Maria; Santa Monica Bay; Santa Ynez; Seal Beach; South Fork Eel; South Fork Kern; South Fork Trinity; Suisun Bay; Thomes Creek-Sacramento River; Tomales-Drake Bays; Trinity; Tulare Lake Bed; Tulare-Buena Vista Lakes; Upper Bear; Upper Cache; Upper Calaveras California; Upper Cosumnes; Upper Deer-Upper White; Upper Dry; Upper Eel; Upper Kaweah; Upper King; Upper Klamath; Upper Mokelumne; Upper Poso; Upper Putah; Upper Stony; Upper Tule; Upper Yuba; Ventura
Colorado1882200914Beaver; Big Sandy; Lower South Platte; Middle South Platte-Cherry Creek; Middle South Platte-Sterling; North Fork Republican; Piedra; South Platte; St. Vrain; Upper Arkansas; Upper Arkansas-John Martin Reservoir; Upper Arkansas-Lake Meredith; Upper Gunnison; Upper San Juan
Connecticut198620162Lower Connecticut; Quinnipiac
Delaware198020074Brandywine-Christina; Broadkill-Smyrna; Delaware Bay; Upper Chesapeake
Florida195920158Apalachicola; Escambia; Lower Choctawhatchee; Lower Ochlockonee; Lower Suwannee; Ochlockonee; Perdido Bay; Yellow
Georgia197120089Altamaha; Apalachicola Basin; Conasauga; Little; Middle Chattahoochee-Lake Harding; Middle Flint; Savannah; Upper Flint; Upper Ocmulgee
Idaho1892200912Bear Lake; Brownlee Reservoir; C.J. Strike Reservoir; Curlew Valley; Lower Boise; Middle Bear; Pacific Northwest Region; Payette; Pend Oreille Lake; Upper Snake-Rock; Upper Spokane; Weiser
Kansas1914201214Buckner; Coon-Pickerel; Cow; Little Arkansas; Lower Smoky Hill; Middle Arkansas; North Fork Smoky Hill; Pawnee; Republican; Smoky Hill; Upper Cimarron; Upper Cimarron-Bluff; Upper North Fork Solomon; Upper Walnut Creek
Kentucky196519863Rockcastle; Upper Cumberland; Upper Cumberland-Lake Cumberland
Maryland194919997Chester-Sassafras; Conococheague-Opequon; Lower Susquehanna; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Monocacy; Potomac; Upper Chesapeake
Massachusetts199220051Middle Connecticut
Michigan194119411Lone Lake-Ocqueoc
Minnesota195819825Grand Marais-Red; Prairie-Willow; Red; Sandhill-Wilson; Upper Red
Montana1948201124Beaver; Beaver; Big Horn Lake; Bullwhacker-Dog; Charlie-Little Muddy; Fort Peck Reservoir; Lower Milk; Lower Powder; Lower Tongue; Lower Yellowstone; Lower Yellowstone-Sunday; Middle Clark Fork; Poplar; Prairie Elk-Wolf; Redwater; Rosebud; Sage; Upper Little Missouri; Upper Milk; Upper Missouri-Dearborn; Upper Tongue; Upper Yellowstone-Lake Basin; Upper Yellowstone-Pompeys Pillar; Whitewater
Nebraska1970200022Arikaree; Calamus; Cedar; Frenchman; Harlan County Reservoir; Lower Lodgepole; Lower Middle Loup; Lower Niobrara; Lower North Loup; Lower North Platte; Medicine; Middle Niobrara; Middle North Platte-Scotts Bluff; Niobrara Headwaters; North Fork Elkhorn; Red Willow; Snake; Upper Elkhorn; Upper Niobrara; Upper Republican; Upper White; West Fork Big Blue
Nevada1955200110Carson Desert; Central Lahontan; Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Lake Mead; Lower Humboldt; Meadow Valley Wash; Middle Carson; Thousand-Virgin; Truckee; White
New Jersey190519947Cohansey-Maurice; Crosswicks-Neshaminy; Hackensack-Passaic; Lower Delaware; Mid-Atlantic Region; Middle Delaware-Musconetcong; Raritan
New Mexico1982199121Caballo; Conchas; El Paso-Las Cruces; Elephant Butte Reservoir; Mimbres; Pecos Headwaters; Revuelto; Rio Chama; Rio Grande-Albuquerque; Rio Grande-Santa Fe; Upper Canadian; Upper Canadian; Upper Canadian-Ute Reservoir; Upper Gila-Mangas; Upper Pecos; Upper Pecos; Upper Pecos-Black; Upper Pecos-Long Arroyo; Upper San Juan; Upper San Juan; Zuni
New York1886199810Chenango; Hudson-Wappinger; Lake Champlain; Lower Hudson; Middle Hudson; Mohawk; Oneida; Owego-Wappasening; Schoharie; Seneca
North Carolina1948201627Albemarle; Cape Fear; Chowan; Contentnea; Deep; Haw; Lower Cape Fear; Lower Dan; Lower Tar; Lower Yadkin; Middle Neuse; Middle Roanoke; Neuse; Pamlico; Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids; Rocky; South Yadkin; Upper Broad; Upper Cape Fear; Upper Catawba; Upper Dan; Upper Neuse; Upper Pee Dee; Upper Pee Dee; Upper Yadkin; Waccamaw
North Dakota1980200510Elm-Marsh; Lake Sakakawea; Lower Sheyenne; Maple; Painted Woods-Square Butte; Park; Sandhill-Wilson; Upper James; Upper Sheyenne; Western Wild Rice
Oklahoma1948201517Blue; Cache; Clear Boggy; Elm Fork Red; Lower Beaver; Lower Canadian-Deer; Lower Cimarron-Eagle Chief; Lower North Fork Red; Lower Salt Fork Red; Lower Washita; Lower Wolf; Middle North Fork Red; Middle Washita; Northern Beaver; Upper Washita; Washita Headwaters; West Cache
Oregon1893201338Brownlee Reservoir; Bully; Donner und Blitzen; Goose Lake; Guano; Harney-Malheur Lakes; Jordan; Lost; Lower Columbia; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Lower Deschutes; Lower John Day; Lower Malheur; Lower Willamette; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Middle Fork Willamette; Middle Rogue; Middle Willamette; Molalla-Pudding; Necanicum; Nehalem; Pacific Northwest; Powder; Siletz-Yaquina; Silver; Tualatin; Umatilla; Umpqua; Upper Grande Ronde; Upper Klamath; Upper Malheur; Upper Rogue; Upper Willamette; Warner Lakes; Willow; Yamhill
Pennsylvania189219988Crosswicks-Neshaminy; Lehigh; Lower Susquehanna; Lower Susquehanna-Swatara; Lower West Branch Susquehanna; Raystown; Susquehanna; Upper West Branch Susquehanna
South Carolina1949201215Congaree; Enoree; Lake Marion; Lower Catawba; Middle Savannah; North Fork Edisto; Saluda; Santee; Seneca; South Atlantic-Gulf Region; Stevens; Upper Broad; Upper Catawba; Upper Savannah; Wateree
South Dakota193420039Fort Randall Reservoir; James; Lower James; Lower Lake Oahe; Medicine Knoll; Middle James; Turtle; Upper White; Vermillion
Texas1960199913Elm-Sycamore; International Falcon Reservoir; Lake Meredith; Los Olmos; Lower Devils; Lower Frio; Lower Rio Grande; North Wichita; Salt Fork Brazos; San Antonio; South Laguna Madre; Tierra Blanca; Upper North Fork Red
Utah193619921Lower San Juan
Vermont199319993Lake Champlain; Richelieu; Richelieu River
Virginia1971199425Appomattox; Banister; Big Sandy; Chowan; James; Lower James; Meherrin; Middle James-Buffalo; Middle James-Willis; Middle New; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Middle Roanoke; North Fork Holston; Pamunkey; Potomac; Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock; Rivanna; Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids; Shenandoah; South Fork Shenandoah; Upper New; Upper Roanoke; York
Washington1890200517Colville; Lake Washington; Lewis; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Cowlitz; Lower Crab; Lower Snake; Lower Snake; Lower Snake-Tucannon; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Nisqually; Pacific Northwest Region; Similkameen; Upper Columbia-Entiat; Upper Columbia-Priest Rapids; Upper Spokane
West Virginia199319982Potomac; Upper Kanawha
Wisconsin198020088Bad-Montreal; Flambeau; Lower Fox; Manitowoc-Sheboygan; Namekagon; Northwestern Lake Michigan; South Fork Flambeau; Upper Wisconsin
Wyoming1970199911Big Horn; Big Horn Lake; Cheyenne; Glendo Reservoir; Horse; Lower Laramie; North Platte; Powder; South Platte; Upper Belle Fourche; Upper Tongue

Table last updated 5/25/2018

† Populations may not be currently present.

Means of Introduction: Intentional stocking for sportfishing.

Status: Established in most locations.

Impact of Introduction: White Crappie prey on threatened and endangered juvenile salmon that spawn in rivers of the Northwest United States and may further contribute to salmon decline through habitat alteration, though the extent of those impacts are unknown (Sanderson et al. 2009). Nonnative predators, including crappie, have been shown to reduce the abundance and diversity of native prey species in several Pacific Northwest rivers (Hughes and Herlihy 2012).

Remarks: It is probable that all the White Crappie in California are descendents of the original 16 fish planted in the state in 1917 (Goodson 1966a).

References: (click for full references)

Anonymous 2001. Oregon's Warm Water Fishing with Public Access. [online]. URL at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/warm_water_fishing/index.asp.

Hocutt, C.H., R.E. Jenkins, and J.R. Stauffer, Jr. 1986. Zoogeography of the fishes of the central Appalachians and central Atlantic Coastal Plain. 161-212 in C.H. Hocutt and E.O. Wiley, eds. The zoogeography of North American freshwater fishes. John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY.

Hughes, R.M. and A.T. Herlihy. 2012. Patterns in catch per unit effort of native prey fish and alien piscivorous fish in 7 Pacific Northwest USA rivers. Fisheries 37(5):201-211.

Insider Viewpoint. 2001. Fishing Records – Nevada. Insider Viewpoint Magazine. 3 pp.

Linder, A. D. 1963. Idaho's Alien Fishes. TEBIWA, 6(2), 12-15.

Matern, S.A., P.B. Moyle, and L.C. Pierce. 2002. Native and alien fishes in a California estuarine marsh: twenty-one years of changing assemblages. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 131: 797-816.

Miller, R.R. and C.H. Lowe. 1967. Part 2. Fishes of Arizona, p 133-151, In: C.H. Lowe, ed. The Vertebrates of Arizona. University of Arizona Press. Tucson.

Moyle, P.B. and J. Randall. 1999. Distribution maps of fishes in California. [on-line] Available URL at http://ice.ucdavis.edu/aquadiv/fishcovs/fishmaps.html.

Rasmussen, J.L. 1998. Aquatic nuisance species of the Mississippi River basin. 60th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Aquatic Nuisance Species Symposium, Dec. 7, 1998, Cincinnati, OH.

Red River Authority of Texas. 2001. Red and Canadian Basins Fish Inventory: Grayson County. Red River Authority of Texas.

Red River Authority of Texas. 2001. Red and Canadian Basins Fish Inventory: Red River County. Red River Authority of Texas.

Rohde, F. C., R. G. Arndt, J. W. Foltz, and J. M. Quattro. 2009. Freshwater Fishes of South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC. 430 pp.

Sanderson, B.L., K.A. Barnes, and A.M.W. Rub. 2009. Nonindigenous Species of the Pacific Northwest: An Overlooked Risk to Endangered Salmon? BioScience 59(3): 245-256.

Sommer, T, B. Harrell, M. Nobriga, R. Brown, P. Moyle, W. Kimmerer, and L. Schemel. 2001. California's Yolo Bypass: Evidence that flood control can be compatible with fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and agriculture. Fisheries. American Fisheries Society. 26 (8): 6-16.

Starnes, W.C., J. Odenkirk, and M.J. Ashton. 2011. Update and analysis of fish occurrences in the lower Potomac River drainage in the vicinity of Plummers Island, Maryland—Contribution XXXI to the natural history of Plummers Island, Maryland. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 124(4):280-309.

Tilmant, J.T. 1999. Management of nonindigenous aquatic fish in the U.S. National Park System. National Park Service. 50 pp.

Trautman, M.B. 1981. The Fishes of Ohio. Ohio State University Press. Columbus, OH. 782 pp.

FishBase Summary

Author: Pam Fuller, Matt Cannister, and Matt Neilson

Revision Date: 5/29/2012

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

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