Both species of crappie as adults feed predominantly on smaller species, including the young of their own predators (which include the Northern Pike, Muskellunge and Walleye). They have diverse diets, however, including zooplankton, insects, and crustaceans. By day, crappie tend to be less active and will concentrate around weed beds or submerged objects, such as logs and boulders. They feed during dawn and dusk, by moving into open water or approaching the shore.
The crappies are a genus, Pomoxis, of North American freshwater fish in the sunfish family Centrarchidae. The currently recognized species in this genus are: