Being a fan of fried calico bass, I can't bring myself to call them crappies.
Calico bass, though present and successfully breeding in many commonwealth lakes, ponds and slow-flowing streams, are not native to Massachusetts.
Eddie at B&A Tackle reports Ben Pellerin took a 1-pound, 9-ounce calico bass
out of Indian Lake.
He was named the state's first Angler of the Year based on his trophy catches during 2002, which included smallmouth and calico bass
, landlocked salmon and white perch from the Quabbin.
Most area bait stores have recorded trophy catches of trout, salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, calico bass or crappie, and blue gill.
Fishermen have been weighing in calico bass in the two-pound range and white perch over 1-1/2 pounds from Wachusett, while Daniel Johnson of the Jefferson section of Holden fooled a 3-pound, 9-ounce smallmouth.
Brimfield Reservoir is consistently giving up trophy bass - from 5 to 7 pounds - while Big Alum Pond is a safe bet for big trout and Cedar and Walker ponds are catering to the crowd that favors calico bass
, yellow perch and pickerel; all are located in Sturbridge.
Trophy pike and calico bass
catches highlighted the recent Brookfields' Lions Club Derby with anglers turning out in large numbers to participate in the annual event based at Quaboag Pond.
Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $200 will be awarded in the adult division for the top 10 fish in five species: yellow perch, calico bass
, bass, pout and pickerel.
seem to be the most active species, LeClaire said.
The $250 Armand Flamand Calico Bass
Memorial Award is included in the derby's prize money.