The world record for a crappie is 5 pounds 3 ounces according to the International Game Fish Association. The largest crappie captured is a white crappie, which also goes by the names of papermouth and bachelor perch. There are several species of crappie varying in size and features, but the white crappie and black crappie have distinct features and bear close resemblance to sunfish.
Crappies are native to most of the southeastern United States. These fish reside along the East Coast, and their range extends into part of southern Ontario and the Appalachians. Crappies have compact, round bodies and small heads. Despite their relatively small size, crappies are prized as sport fish and have a distinct rich taste.