Crappie Hot Spots

The San Antonio area is home to Choke Canyon State Park which, though best known for largemouth bass, is also one of the best crappie hot spots in Texas. Use watermelon colored soft plastic floating worms during the high point of the day and crayfish imitating lures in the heat of the summer in hydrilla down about 15 feet. Beware of going too deep, as you’ll probably end up with catfish at depths below 25 feet.

The Texas panhandle area is packed full of crappie hot spots, and East Texas is not to be put to shame. In West Texas, check out Lake Arrowhead State Park near Wichita Falls, especially in the spring and fall for a good crop of crappie. For children, check out Buffalo Wallow in Abilene State Park near Tuscola, a one-acre pond stocked with crappie and other sunfish to introduce young anglers to the sport. From early May through October, try slabbing at Lake Brownwood State Park along creek and river channels.

In East Texas, you can’t go wrong with crappie hot spots such as Martin Creek Lake State Park near Tatum, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park near Pittsburg, and Lake Livingston State Park near Livingston. Overall, Texas is one of the top states in the nation for finding a plethora of crappie hot spots throughout the year!

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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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