Crappie General Information

Normally minnows do not fall off the hook unless the cast is abruptly stopped. This will cause the hook to tear through the skin and the minnow to go flying.You can fish the minnow under a bobber or float and this will indicate the bite you\'ve been waiting to get. As stated, you can hook the minnow through the lips or through the back behind the dorsal fin with both methods working well for the fish you are after. Just don\'t use to large of a hook size so the minnow can swim. Leave the minnow out for 10 to 15 minutes. If you do not get any bites reel, in cast somewhere else. Try casting near some form of cover that fish like to hang around, use cover and feeding. Tight lines for better hook setting! Flounder Bytes Pro Staff

Crappie Habitat

Early Spring

  • Main lake coves
  • Break lines near spawning locations.
  • Brush piles, fish attractor sites.
  • Creek arms (secondary, non flowing)
  • Mud bottom coves.


Spring (Spawn)

  • Brushy coves (back end of cove or tributary)
  • Marinas.
  • Sheltered shorelines with firm bottom.
  • Sheltered shorelines with submerged vegetation.


Summer and Early Fall

  • Main river channel bends and intersection.
  • Edges of main river channel.
  • Wooded main points, steep banks.
  • Deep rock piles.
  • Deep submerged road beds or old foundations.


Late Fall and Winter

  • Main river channel bends (the deeper the better)
    • Many Crappie fisherman swear the best fishing is when the water is 40 and below. That temp really concentrates the bait fish, and large schools of crappie are easy to locate on the graph).
    • Typically cold water crappie fishing is going to be best in the old river channel at the deepest locations.
  • Deep main lake coves.
Crappie Water Temperature
Key Water Temperatures

Crappie typically will start to move to spawning around 58deg and spawn is in full swing when the water temperature start to reach the upper 50's. After the spawn, crappie are generally the most active when the water temperature is between 69deg and 76deg. Above 80deg, the activety starts to decrease. In late fall when the water temp dips below 55 the activety falls off again, and below 50deg they feed very little. However, in the dead of winter when the water temps get down to 40 and below, the crappie can actually become easier to catch than any other time. This temp really packs the baitfish together in the deepest points and deep bends in old rivers channels. When this happens, you can go out and realy on your electronics to tell you where they are. Don't waste time fishing until you find the largest bait fish school in the lake, then get down to 20-30 feet with light line and swimmer shad or your favorite jigs.

Crappie Technique

many good techniques are used to catch slabs.. one good and always used technique is a minnow rig, drop a minnow by a tree or heavy brush and hold on.. the fish hang in close to these trees and brush piles for shelter and looking for passing food.. also a good technique used is dropping or casting tubes under and between trees and brush.. trolling for slabs is a well known technique, using several poles trolling will rack up the count number of slabs in your livewell, using jigs or roadrunners troll about 10 foot deep close but not in the brush..

Top Crappie Fishing Lakes
LakeLatitudeLongitudeCommunity Rating (Votes)
Henry Hagg Lake - OR45.487102-123.2242194.3 (62)
Hessian Lake - NY41.315293-73.9914844.6 (28)
Hyland Lake - MN44.822114-93.3692764.7 (19)
Hoover Reservoir - OH40.172582-82.8753884.2 (71)
Octoraro Lake - PA39.812414-76.0516344.4 (21)
Delaware Reservoir - OH40.439088-82.9804444.9 (10)
Hugo Lake - OK34.063988-95.4226854.1 (57)
Lake Weatherford - TX32.787477-97.6881344.3 (23)
Lake Fort Scott - KS37.777770-94.7605904.6 (12)
Soldiers Meadow Rese - ID46.159305-116.7355374.6 (11)
Lake Sahoma - OK36.033685-96.1641395 (7)
Lake Palo Pinto - TX32.633285-98.3041374.3 (22)
Amacoy Lake - WI45.398232-91.3140014.3 (21)
Burney Lake - CA41.562458-123.2920044.3 (18)
Lac Des Allemands - LA29.923809-90.5799964.5 (11)
Alloway Lake - NJ39.569273-75.3527044.6 (10)
Hartwell Lake - GA34.493748-83.0522114.8 (8)
John H Kerr Reservoir - VA36.546609-78.4837284.8 (8)
Lake Twitty - NC35.022786-80.5057445 (6)
Lake Spivey - GA33.517661-84.2992214.3 (20)
Crappie Records
SpeciesStateWeightLengthLakeAngler
Crappie Whitems5 lbs. 3 oz.Enid ReservoirFred Bright
Crappie Whitesc5 lbs. 1 oz.Lake MurrayMrs. H.P. Owens
Crappie Whitetn5 lbs. 0 oz.Garner Brown's PondBill Allen
Crappie Whitega5 lbs. 0 oz.private pond˙Theresa Kemp
Crappie Blackmo5 lbs. 0 oz.Farm PondJohn Horstman mo
Crappie Blackmn5 lbs. 0 oz.Vermillion River
Crappie Blacksc5 lbs. 0 oz.Lake MoultrieP.E. Foust
Crappie Whiteok4 lbs. 15 oz.19 in.Kingfisher Co.PondFrank Robinson
Crappie Whitenc4 lbs. 15 oz.Asheboro City LakeDean Dixon
crappienc4 lbs. 15 oz.Asheboro City Lake #Dean Dixon