where would i find one of those blacknose crappies? those look cool...nice post!!
Unfortunately there is no known blacknose Crappies here in the midwest. If you want a chance to land a Black Nose Crappie you'll have to go South.
Here's some brief info:
Blacknose crappie are a genetic variation of black crappie and not a hybrid of white and black crappie or a subspecies.
Blacknose crappie, which are black crappie that have a black stripe running from the top fin to the tip of the nose, were first described in Ohio in 1957. A later study reported that blacknose crappie had been found in 13 states, including Florida. Today, the only known naturally occurring Florida population of these fish is found in Lake Seminole near the Florida, Georgia, and Alabama borders.
Fish stocking programs may have introduced the blacknose species to other Southern States too due to popularity.
A variant of the Black Nose is the Magnolia Crappie. Here is some info on how Magnolia's are made:
Making Magnolia crappie
The Magnolia crappie is a cross between a male blackstripe crappie and a female white crappie. The blackstripe crappie is a color variant of the black crappie that occurs naturally in low numbers in some Mississippi impoundments. The blackstripe crappie — also called a blacknose crappie — is recognized by a narrow, dark stripe from the dorsal fin forward down the top of the head and continues on the underside of the head to the back of the mouth.
The hybrid offspring of the male blackstripe crappie and the female white crappie retains the black stripe. Using the blackstripe crappie as the male parent instead of a normally colored black crappie allows hybrids produced in the hatchery to be easily recognized.
But hybrid crappie can reproduce, so hybrids don’t accomplish the goal of controlled reproduction needed to effectively manage crappie in small impoundments. But the hatchery scientists have one more trick — they make the crappies triploid.
Crappie, as most fish, have two sets of chromosomes. This is the diploid condition, and diploid fish reproduce normally. Triploid crappie have three sets of chromosomes. Cellular processes necessary to produce viable eggs and sperm break down when there are three sets of chromosomes. It is the triploid condition that prevents the triploid hybrid crappie from producing offspring. The fish produce eggs and sperm and mate, but the fertilized eggs do not develop.
The triploid offspring are produced by stripping eggs from normal female white crappie and fertilizing them with sperm stripped from normal male blackstripe crappie. At exactly five minutes after fertilization, the eggs are put into a pressure chamber and exposed to 8,000 psi of pressure for two minutes. This interrupts the normal cellular processes, and results in the egg retaining an extra set of chromosomes. The fertilized egg, and the offspring that develops from it, have three sets of chromosomes, and cannot produce offspring.