Beaver State Crappie

where is the best crappie fisherie in central Oregon

Brownlee Reservoir, Crump Lake, Drews Reservoir, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Hart Lake, Lake Owyhee, Phillips Lake, Prineville Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake and Tenmile Lake are some of the better crappie lakes in Oregon . There are also many smaller lakes and ponds in the central and southern part of the state that have crappie.

Corvallis Pond produced the state record black crappie. It was 4 lbs. 6.1 oz., caught by John Doss in 1995. The state record white crappie came out of Gerber Reservoir. It was 4 pounds 12 ounces, caught by Jim Duckett in 1967.
If I had to make a choice, I would recommend Prineville Lake as a good first choice. I recommend it mainly because it is one of the few Oregon lakes I have actually fished. Prineville Lake is a 3000 acre reservoir, with great access for bank fishing, and plenty of boat ramps. I caught the most crappie at the end of Salt Creek Road, on the south side, and all along the Post-Paulina Highway.

Happy Fishing.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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