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Offline Bamafan2277

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Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« on: 05/01/18 06:33 UTC »
I caught my first Mohawk crappie tonight! Some folks call them black nose. I've been fishing most of my 41 years and my dad who is 73 has never caught one either so it's extra special to me to catch one. He was small but sure was fun to catch. Like a lot of folks the weather has been weird this year and this week we are finally feeling like spring so I've been going to a state lake after work the last few nights.

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #1 on: 05/01/18 06:52 UTC »
  Good job. I remember when I caught my first lake trout. It was about that size but who cares, I was on the board.
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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #2 on: 05/01/18 08:59 UTC »
Looks like the black crappie we catch here....only smaller. lol

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #3 on: 05/01/18 09:05 UTC »
Yea he was a little small. about 7" I'm hoping to get my boat out this weekend and get on a good mess of them. This was just a quick stress reliever trip after work.

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #4 on: 05/01/18 09:10 UTC »
Why is it referred to as a Mohawk crappie and not simply a black crappie? Local reference?

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #5 on: 05/01/18 09:12 UTC »
The black stripe across his head. Some call them black nose crappie and some call them Mohawk. I've seen a few names but those seem to be the most popular

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #6 on: 05/01/18 12:16 UTC »
I have caught several black nose crappie over the years.  Yours is a little different in that the markings are much bigger than on ones I catch.  I have heard that the black nose fights harder than its counterparts but I think it is a myth, they taste the same tho and that is a good thing.
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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #7 on: 05/01/18 13:05 UTC »
I read an article on those awhile back.
I think those are hybrids of some sort.  Not sure if they spawn or not...
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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #8 on: 05/01/18 13:40 UTC »
I was curios so i tried to look it up.  This an article i found.  Not a crappie fisherman but figured i would share

Many crappie fishermen have seen black crappie with a black stripe on its back. These fish are sometimes called black nose or Mohawk crappie. I remember even reading an article awhile back that referred to these fish as entirely different species. These fish are black crappie that simply have a genetic trait that produces this black stripe. Interestingly biologists originally believed this trait was recessive but it is now known that it is in fact a dominant genetic trait. I’ve heard a lot of fishermen say that fish with the black stripe are males, but this trait is expressed evenly in both males and females in a population and will be exhibited in about 30% of all the fish.

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #9 on: 05/01/18 14:43 UTC »
Interesting.  First I have heard of it, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #10 on: 05/01/18 14:49 UTC »
Well I'll be darned!

Very interesting.
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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #11 on: 05/01/18 15:20 UTC »
I'm with Andy on this one.

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #12 on: 05/01/18 18:04 UTC »
That’s different.

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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #13 on: 05/01/18 19:45 UTC »
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Re: Caught my first Mohawk Crappie
« Reply #14 on: 05/01/18 20:15 UTC »
Mineral content of the water can really do weird things to fish. I don't see this as a mineral thing, but as has been suggested its more than likely a genetic or dominant gene thing. Different though.

Lines, I had an old sand pit that had crappies of unusual size in it and fished it a lot when I was much younger. I had to park on a county road and walk in to fish by the owner's rules. One winter the property changed hands and I got the tin star escort out of there and never got back in again. The black crappies in that green watered pit had an eerie blue color over their black markings. The water had a heavy blue clay influence that made the crystal clear water appear a green-blue. Crazy colorations on the crappies.

The Mississippi River's back waters in a couple of pools I fish have black crappies that are darned near yellow on the white markings. A half mile away on the open channel and black crappies look just like black crappies should. I guess that creatures inherit their environment more than we think.