Best places in the world for crappie fishing

Everyone loves casting their fishing line into the water and pulling out a crappie. They’re fun to catch and it doesn’t require any special gear or preparation to catch them. For this reason, anyone can fish this species so it
offers great fun for the whole family. Crappies are the perfect species for new fishermen because they’re small and fairly easy to catch but at the same time, they’re interesting enough for the experienced angler to enjoy seeking them out.

Crappies are a wonderful species that offer just the right amount of challenge to have a relaxing and rewarding fishing experience. They are great for trying out new techniques before you use them on some of the more difficult species.

Not only do they pose a bit of excitement but they taste great too. Another great thing about crappies is that you can catch them in different depths so you don’t need access to a boat.

Best Places to Go Crappie Fishing

You can find crappies just about anywhere in North American but some places offer a better fishing experience than others. In some areas, the crappies are more plentiful so the fishing is always good. Other areas offer some of the largest crappies and still other places offer more of a challenge.

Here are some of the best places in the world for crappie fishing:
* Lake of The Woods- Pull out your map and take a look along the border of the United States and Canada between Minnesota and Ontario and you’ll find, Lake of the Woods. This lake covers over 500,000 acres with roughly 12,000 Islands. It’s the home of many fish species including crappies and the fishing is fantastic! This lake offers the perfect environment for crappies to grow and thrive creating a wonderful habitat. Anglers report the crappies in Lake of the Woods to be over 2 pounds and they’re usually always biting.
* Knox Lake- Now go back to your map and search for Ohio. Zoom in and find Knox County and you’ll find Knox Lake. When searching for crappies in this area, you won’t have your line in the water too long before luring in a bite. This lake is unique in nature because of all the fallen trees and underwater structures. With so many places for them to hide, many fishermen call this area a crappie haven and it’s a great fishing opportunity for you. The crappies here usually grow to at least 10 inches long.
* Lake Eufaula- Move southwest to Oklahoma and find Lake Eufaula. The crappies in this lake love the shallow waters, which makes this area great for dock or shore fishing. Trolling also works exceptionally well because although the crappies are plentiful, they’re also active and won’t be found in one particular place all day.
* Lake Fork- Moving down a little further south you’ll see Texas. Find Dallas and look for Lake Fork. Lake Fork offers some of the best crappie fishing anywhere due to the natural habitat of the area. Many underwater structures are present and the vegetation is ideal for this species. The waters of Lake Fork are overflowing with crappies ready to strike at your bait.
* Lake Okeechobee- Now move over to the far east of Texas and take a look at central Florida where you’ll find Lake Okeechobee. This lake isn’t as large as the Lake of the Woods but when it comes to great crappie fishing it comes very close. Lake Okeechobee is roughly 450,000 acres of water spanned out down a 154-mile waterway. Due to the climate and vegetation, crappies are plentiful here but you may have to search for a bit before finding a large group.

Of course, there are many other excellent places to go fishing for crappies but these are some of the very best around.

Things to Consider When Crappie Fishing

There are a few things to consider when crappie fishing regardless of where you go to fish. For example, you won’t need any special items but you should use small hooks and a lightweight fishing line for this species. Crappies can see your line if it’s too thick and they’ll avoid your bait if the hook is sticking through. You’ll also want to use a lightweight, sensitive rod and reel set to help you feel the strike when you get a bite.

Choosing which bait to use is fairly easy. As long as the bait is similar to the baitfish in the area where you’re crappie fishing, they’ll most likely strike at it with no reservations. Still, some of your best choices include minnows, worms and insects. These normally work well in all types of water.

Remember your safety first and always wear a life vest when in or around the water. Keep up with the laws of the area and make sure you follow all regulations and size limits. Most of all have fun, learn something new, see a new area and enjoy your crappie fishing trip.


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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