With a very few exceptions, if you live in the US, chances are that there is a place to catch crappie not too far away. Through stocking programs, crappie are available to almost everyone in the US, and even some places in Canada and Mexico. The hard part is finding where some of the best places are. I’ve been fishing all over the world, and in my experience, here are some of the best places in North America to catch some slab-sized crappie.
Alaska has the distinction of being one of only two U.S. states that do not have any crappie, anywhere.
Although Washington is more noted for its trout, steelhead and salmon fisheries, several lakes offer good crappie fishing.
- Alder Lake is a 3000 acre lake in the South-Central part of the state, near Alder, Wa.
- Banks Lake is a 27,000 acre lake in the North-East part of the State, near Coulee City, Wa.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake is a 60,000 acre lake in the North-East part of the state, in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
- Lake Umatilla (John Day Pool) is a 52,000 acre lake on the Southern border of the state, near Roosevelt, Wa.
- Lake Walulla (McNary Pool) is an 11,600 acre lake in the South-East part of the state, at Kennewick, Wa.
- Moses Lake is 6500 acre lake in the Central part of the state, at Moses Lake, Wa.
- Potholes Reservoir is a 28,000 acre lake in the Central part of the state, at Moses Lake, Wa.
- Spirit Lake is a 5700 acre lake in the Mount St. Helens National Monument Recreation Area.
- Vancouver Lake is a 2900 acre lake in the South-West part of the state, at Vancouver, Wa.
Oregon is notable for it’s trout, salmon and walleye fishing, but there are many places that have crappie as well.
- Brownlee Reservoir is a 57 mile long lake on the Eastern border of the state, at Hunington, Or.
- Crump Lake is a 3200-acre lake in the South-Central part of the state, at Adel, Or.
- Drew’s Reservoir is a 1900 acre lake in the South-Central part of the state, near Lakeview, Or.
- Hart Lake is a 10,000 acre lake in the South-Central part of the state, at Plush, Or.
- Lake Owyhee is a 14,000 acre lake in the East-Central part of the state, near Adrian, Or.
- Phillips Lake is a 2200 acre lake in the North-East part of the state, near Baker City, Or.
- Prineville Reservoir is a 3000 acre lake in the central part of the state, near Prineville, Or.
- Siltcoos Lake is a 3200 acre lake in the West-Central part of the state, at Dunes City, Or.
- Tahkenitch Lake is a 1600 acre lake in the West-Central part of the state, at Gardener, Or.
- Tenmile Lakes is a 2000 acre series of lakes in the West-Central part of the state, at Lakeside, Or.
Idaho has thousands of cool, clear lakes and rivers, perfect for trout, Smallmouth bass and salmon. The state also has a healthy crappie distribution, too big to list all of them. Here are some of the major impoundments that contain crappie.
- American Falls Reservoir is a 56,000 acre lake in the South-East part of the state, at American Falls, Id.
- Brownlee Reservoir is a 15,000 acre lake in the West-Central part of the state, on the Idaho-Oregon border, near Cambridge, Id.
- C.J. Strike Reservoir is a 7500 acre lake in the South-West part of the state, near Bruneau, Id.
- Cascade Reservoir is a 28,000 acre lake in the West-Central part of the state, at Cascade, Id.
- Coeur D’ Alene Lake is a 31,500 acre lake in the North-West part of the state, at Coeur D’ Alene, Id.
- Crane Creek Reservoir is a 3200 acre lake in the West-Central part of the state, near Midvale, Id.
- Hayden Lake is a 4500 acre lake in the North-West part of the state, at Hayden Lake, Id.
- Hells Canyon Reservoir is a 2500 acre lake in the Central-Western part of the state, on the Idaho-Oregon border near Oxbow, Id.
- Lake Lowell is a 10,000 acre lake in the South-West part of the state, near Nampa and Caldwell, Id.
- Lake Pend Oreille is an 86,000 acre lake in the upper Northern section of the state, at Sandpoint, Id.
- Paddock Vally Reservoir is a 1500 acre lake in the West-Central part of the state, near Weiser, Id.
- Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is a 3400 acre lake in the Southern part of the state, near Rogerson, Id.
- Spirit Lake is a 1400 acre lake in the North-West part of the state, at Spirit Lake, Id.
Montana offers some of the most magnificent fishing opportunities in the world, for most species. The focus here is on the major crappie waters, but you can find excellent crappie fishing in some of the smaller lakes, ponds, rivers and stream as well.
- Bighorn Lake is a 5500 acre lake in the South-Central part of the state, in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
- Fort Peck Lake is a 250,000 acre lake in the North-East part of the state, at Fort Peck, Mt.
- Fresno Reservoir is a 7400 acre lake in the North-Central part of the state, near Kremlin, Mt.
- Nelson Reservoir is a 4000 acre lake in the North-Central part of the state, near Saco, Mt.
Wyoming is major trout country, but there are a few places with healthy crappie populations.
- Bighorn Lake is a 5500 acre lake in the North-West part of the state, at Kane, Wy.
- Boysen Reservoir is a 19,500 acre lake in the Central part of the state, in Boysen State Park, Id.
- Grayrocks Reservoir is a 1800 acre lake in the East-Central part of the state, near Fort Laramie, Wy.
- Guernsey Reservoir is a 2400 acre lake in the East-Central part of the state, in Guernsey State Park, Wy.
- Ocean Lake is a 6000 acre lake in the Central part of the state, at Kinnear, Wy.
Hawaii is the other state that contains absolutely NO CRAPPIE on any of the islands, unless they have recently stocked them.
California has so many places to fish for crappie that it would be impossible to list them all. These are some of the top lakes for crappie in the state. The state is divided into 3 sections.
- Northern California: Lake Berryessa, Bullards Bar Reservoir, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta.
- Central California: Lake Camanche, Lake Don Pedro, Lake McClure,
- Millerton Lake, Lake Nacimiento, New Melones Lake, Pine Flat Lake.
- Southern California: Big Bear Lake, Lake Cahuilla, El Capitan Lake, Lake Hodges, Lower Otay Lake, San Vincente Lake, Lake Sutherland.
Nevada is mostly a barren, desert-type state, but it does have a few areas with trees, high-country lakes, and even some snow skiing. There are 3 lakes with really good crappie fishing.
- Lake Mead is a 160,000 acre lake on the South-East border of the state, between Henderson and Overton, Nv.
- Lake Mojave is a 28,800 acre lake on the Arizona border in the South-East corner of the state, near Laughlin, Nv.
- Rye Patch Reservoir is an 11,000 acre lake in the North-West part of the state, 35 miles South-West of Winnemucca, Nv.
Utah offers a variety of geographical regions, from high-altitude lakes with trout and salmon, to desert lakes with bass, crappie and panfish. There are three large lakes with very good crappie populations.
- Lake Powell is a 160,000 acre lake on the Southern border, at Big Water, Ut.
- Pineview Reservoir is a 2900 acre lake in the North-East part of the state, at Huntsville, Ut.
- Utah Lake is a 97,000 acre lake in the North-Central part of the state, at Provo, Ut.
Arizona offers some great fishing for both high-country species and warm-water. Some of the lakes come off of the mighty Colorado River, and some are pure desert lakes. There are too many crappie lakes to list individually, but this is a partial list of some of the larger ones.
Lakes that have great crappie fishing are:
Alamo Lake, Apache Lake, Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake, Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Lake Mojave, Lake Pleasant, Lake Powell, Martinez Lake, Rooseveldt Lake, Saguaro Lake, San Carlos Lake.
Colorado is mostly a high-country habitat, ideal for trout, but there are four lakes that offer excellent crappie fishing.
- Adobe Creek Reservoir is a 3000 acre lake in the South-East corner of the state, between Haswell and Las Animas, Co.
- Bonnie Reservoir is a 2000 acre lake on the Eastern border, due East of Denver, Co.
- Chatfield Reservoir is a 1500 acre lake in the North-Central part of the state, on the South-Western outskirts of Denver, Co.
- Lathrop State Park is 3 miles die west of the town of Walensburg, Co., in the South-Central part of the state. Lake Meriam and Lake Oehm are located within the park.
New Mexico offers a variety of fishing habitats, from trout to bass and catfish. There are many excellent crappie lakes in the state. This is a partial listing.
Lakes with good crappie fishing: Abiquiu Reservoir, Brantly Lake, Caballo Lake, Conchas Lake, Elephants Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Santa Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake, Ute Lake
North Dakota is prime trout country, but there are some good crappie lake as well.
- Jamestown Reservoir is a 2000 acre lake in mthe center of the state, at Jamestown, ND.
- Lake Ashtabula is a 5400 acre lake in the East-Central part of the state, at Luverne, ND.
- Lake Tschita is a 5000 acre lake in the South-Western part of the state,
- near Glen Ullin, ND.
- Pipestem Lake is an 840 acre lake in the central ,part of the state, at
- Jamestown, ND.
- Powers Lake is a 1600 acre lake in the North-West part of the state, at
- Powers Lake, ND.
South Dakota offers great fishing for trout, bass, walleye, crappie and more. There are many large lakes, rivers, streams and ponds open to fishing
year-round. The following lakes offer great crappie fishing:
Angostura Reservoir, Bell Fourche Reservoir, Lake Francis Case, Lake Kampeska, Lake Oahe, Lake Pelican, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson, Lake Traverse, Lake Whitewood, Lewis and Clark Lake, Shadehill Reservoir, Waubay Lake.
Minnesota is covered with lakes and streams, hence its nickname, the land of 10,000 lakes. Minnesota is home to almost everything that swims in
U.S. freshwaters. It would be impossible to list all the lakes, but here are some great places to start looking for that ideal crappie honey-hole.
Lakes with great crappie populations:
- Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille
- Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermillion, Lake
- Winnibigoshis, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Superior, Lac
- Qui Parle Lake, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake.
Wisconsin is another state covered with prime fishing waters.
The following lakes are some of the top crappie spots in the state:
Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Fence Lake, Gile Flowage, Grindstone Lake, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte Des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake Du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Namekagon Lake, North Twin Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake, Trout Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage.
Nebraska offers many opportunities to tackle crappie.
The following are some of the best crappie lakes in the state:
- Box Butte Reservoir, Branched Oak Lake, Calamus Reservoir, Enders Reservoir,
- Harlan County Lake, Harry Strunk Lake, Lake Minatare, Lewis and Clark
- Lake, Maloney Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir, Red Willow Reservoir,
- Sherman Reservoir, Swanson Reservoir.
Crappie is king in the Hawkeye State, rivaling bass as the most sought- after fish. There are hundreds of bodies of water big enough to call lakes in Iowa.
Here are some of the most popular crappie lakes in Iowa:
Big Creek Lake, Big Spirit Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Browns Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, DeSoto Bend Lake, Five Island Lake, Lake MacBride, Lake Manawa, Little River Lake, Little Spirit lake, Lost Island Lake, North Twin Lake, Pleasant Creek Lake, Rathbun Lake, Red Rock Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Saylorville Lake, Spirit lake, Storm Lake, Three Mile Lake, Twelve Mile Creek Lake, West Okoboji Lake.
There are many good places to fish for crappie in Illinois, but bear in mind that the state is divided into 2 fishing sub-divisions: Lake Michigan, and the rest of the state.
Here are some of the most highly rated crappie spots in the state: Carlyle Lake, Cedar Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Fox lake, Kincaid Lake, Lake Clinton, Lake Lou Yeager, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Michigan, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Taylorville, Rend Lake.
Kansas offers some great crappie fishing.
Some of the best crappie lakes in the state are:
Big Hill Lake, Cedar Bluff Lake, Cheney Reservoir, Clinton Lake, Council Grove Lake, El Dorado Lake, Elk City Lake, Fall River Lake, Hillsdale Lake, John Redmond Reservoir, Kanapolis Lake, Keith Sebelius Lake, Kirwin Reservoir, La Cygne Lake, Lovewell Reservoir, Marion Reservoir, Melvern Lake, Milford Lake, Perry Lake, Pomona Lake, Toronto Lake, Tuttle Creek Lake, Waconda Lake, Webster Reservoir, Wilson Lake, Winfield City Lake, Wolf Creek Reservoir.
Missouri is home to a wide variety of habitats. Most of the lakes in the State contain crappie.
Here are some of the more popular crappie lakes: Bull Shoals Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Lake Of The Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, Pomme De Terre Lake, Smithville Reservoir, Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake, Thomas Hill Reservoir, Wappapello Lake.
Oklahoma is primarily a warm-water fishery with excellent crappie populations all over the state.
Here are some of Oklahoma’s best crappie lakes: Broken Bow Reservoir, Canton Lake, Fort Gibson Reservoir, Grand lake, Hugo Lake, Kaw Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Carl Blackwell, Lake Eufaula, Lake Hudson, Lake Murray, Lake Texoma, Oologah Lake, Robert S. Kerr Reservoir, Sardis lake, Skiatook Reservoir, Tenkiller Lake, Waurika Lake, Webber Falls Reservoir.
Arkansas has a warm-water species fishery that rivals the best anywhere,with all species of bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, White, Striper, Yellow, Spotted and Rock Bass), and crappie just about everywhere.
Some of the best crappie fishing ion the state can be had at these lakes:
Beaver Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Conway, Lake Dardanelle, Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Hamilton, Lake Jack Lee, Lake Maumelle, Lake Millwood, Norfolk Lake, Lake Ouachita.
My home state of Texas is a BIG state, with BIG fish in BIG lakes. Monster crappie can be caught everywhere. They get huge
feeding on the unbelievably large and abundant schools of shad, pretty much year-round. The mild climate over most of the state allows crappie extra-long growing seasons, and long spawning times. There are hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams in Texas that contain crappie, but I will limit the list to 60 of my favorite destinations for a virtually guaranteed limit of ‘barn- door slabs (Texas slang for large crappie).
Here are some of the best the Lone Star State has to offer:
B. A. Steinhagen Lake, Belton Lake, Canyon Lake, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Choke Canyon Reservoir, Cooper Lake, Diversion Lake, Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake E. V. Spence, Grapevine Lake, Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Joe Pool Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Bridgeport, Lake Brownwood, Lake, Buchannan, Lake Caddo, Lake Conroe, Lake Corpus Christi, Lake Fork Reservoir, Lake Granbury, Lake Houston, Lake J. B. Thomas, Lake Kemp, Lake Kickapoo, Lake Lewisville, Lake Limestone, Lake Livingston, Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, Lake Merideth, Lake O The Pines ( in my opinion, the ultimate crappie lake in the entire U.S.), Lake Palestine, Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Sommerville, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texana, Lake Texoma, Lake Travis, Lake Waco, Lake Whitney, Lake Worth, Lake Lavon, MartinCreek Lake, Medina Lake, Navarro Mills lake, O. C. Fisher Lake, O. IvieLake, Palo Duro Reservoir, Pat Mayse Lake, Possum Kingdom Lake ( the 2nd greatest crappie lake in the U. S., in my opinion.), Proctor Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Stamford Reservoir, Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, Toledo Bend, Twin Buttes Reservoir, Wright Patman Lake.
Louisiana is covered with lakes, rivers, and ponds. Almost all of them have great crappie fishing.
Here are some of the more popular crappie fisheries: Anacoco Lake, Black Bayou Lake, Caddo lake, Caney Creek Reservoir, Catahoula Lake, Corney Lake, Craoss Lake, Cypress Bayou Reservoir, Grand Lake, Iatt Lake, Lac des Allemandes, Lake Bistineau, Lake Claiborne, Lake Henderson, Lake Maurepas, Lake Palourde, Lake Rodemacher, Lake Salvador, Saline Lake, Sibley Lake, Toledeo Bend, Turkey Creek Lake, Vernon Lake, Wallace Lake.
Michigan has the Great Lakes, thousands of lakes, rivers, streams and Ponds to fish in. There are many, many good crappie spots throughout the state.
Here are some of the more popular lakes for crappie:
Brevoort Lake, Fletcher Pond, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Erie, Lake Gogebic, Lake Huron, Lake Michigamme, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Wixon Lake.
Indiana offers great crappie fishing for people of all skill levels and ages. Everything from Great lakes fishing to small streams and ponds.
Here is a partial listing of great Indiana crappie lakes:
Brookville Lake, Cagles Mill Lake, Cecil M. Hardin Lake, Dogwood Lake, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Geist Reservoir, Lake Freeman, Lake Maxinkuckee, Lake Michigan, Lake Wawasee, Mississinewa Reservoir, Monroe Lake, Morse Reservoir, Patoka Lake, Prairie Creek Reservoir, Salamonie Lake, Turtle Creek Reservoir.
Ohio offers some great crappie fishing with many large impoundments, the Great lakes, rivers streams ponds and even through the ice.
Here are some good places to start in your search for the ultimate Ohio crappie lake:
Alum Creek Lake, Atwood Lake, Berlin Lake, Buck Creek Lake, Caeser Creek Lake, Charles Mill Lake, East Fork Lake, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Hoover Reservoir, Indian Lake, Lake Erie, Lake Milton, Meander Creek Reservoir, Mosquito Lake, Pymatuning Lake, Rocky Fork Lake, Salt Fork Lake, Seneca Lake, Tappan Reservoir, West Branch Lake.
Pennsylvania has some beautiful woodlands, streams and lakes. From the Amish and Mennonite country around Lancanster County, to the Juniata and mighty Delaware Rivers, the state has some of the most memorable and picturesque landscape east of the Mississippi. It is mostly a cold-water fishery, but there are many places that have good bass, crappie and catfish populations.
Here are some good crappie waters to try: Blue Marsh Lake, Glendale Lake, High Point Reservoir, Lake Arthur, Lake Erie, Pymatuning Lake, Raystown Lake, Shenago River lake, Tamarack Lake.
New York has many good crappie lakes, rivers and ponds.
The following lakes offer great crappie fishing: Ashokan Reservoir, Black Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, Keuka Lake, Lake Champlian, Lake Erie, Lake George, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Oneida Lake, Pepactan Reservoir, Saratoga Lake.
Vermont is mostly a cold water fishery, but therer are a few places with good populations of crappie.
Here are two large lakes that have good crappie fishing:
Lake Champlain is a 271,000 acre lake on the North-Western border of the state, at Burlington, Vt. Lake Memphremagog is a 5800 acre lake on the Northern border of the state, at Newport, Vt.
New Hampshire is trout and salmon country, but there are three good-sized lakes that harbor decent crappie populations:
- Lake Winnepesaukee is a 44,000 acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Wolfeboro, NH.
- Massabesic Lake is a 2900 acre lake in the South-East part of the state, at Auburn, NH.
- Moore Reservoir is a 3500 acre lake on the western border of the state, near Littleton, NH.
Maine is mostly a trout, salmon, and perch fishery, but there are two lakes which may be of interest to crappie anglers. Both contain good numbers of stocked crappie:
- Sebasticook Lake is a 4300 acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Newport, Me.
- Sebago Lake is a 28,700 acre lake in the southwest part of the state, near Windham, Me.
Massachusetts is covered with lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.
The following is a partial list of prime crappie waters in the state:
Assawompset Pond, Cheshire Reservoir, Hamilton Reservoir, Lake Chabunagunamaug, Lake Cochituate, Lake Rohunta, Norton Reservoir, Otis Reservoir, Quabbin Reservoir, South Watuppa Pond.
Connecticut offers some good crappie fishing in several locations.
The following waters have good crappie populations:
Beseck Lake, Black Pond, Gardener Lake, Mansfield Hollow Lake, Quinebaug Pond, Rogers Lake, Tyler Lake.
Rhode Island is a small state with most of it’s fisheries limited to bass, trout, and perch. I only know of one lake that has good crappie fishing in the state, but there may be others.
Watchaug Pond is a 570 acre lake in the south-west part of the state, at Fort Ningret, RI. It has a good population of crappie, possibly the only one in the state.
New Jersey may be small, but it has almost 400 ponds and lakes, in addition to many streams and rivers. The fishery is mostly bass and trout, but there are a few good crappie waters within the state.
There are three main lakes that offer some good crappie fishing Opportunities:
- Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650 acre lake at Greenwich, NJ, in the south-west part of the state.
- Monksville Reservoir is a 500 acre lake near Hewitt, NJ., in the north-east part of the state.
- Union Lake is a 900 acre lake at Millville, NJ in the south-central part of the state.
The state of Kentucky has prime fishing water everywhere.
Here are some of the top crappies waters in the state:
Barren River Lake, Cave Run Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Green River Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barclay, Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Yatesville Lake.
West Virginia has a limited number of lakes, but they make up for it with large populations of aggressive fish.
The following lakes are good places to search for crappie:
Beech Fork Lake, East Lynn Lake, Stonewall Jackson Lake, Summerville Lake, Tygart Lake.
Virginia has enough crappie fishing opportunities to satisfy anyone’s taste.
Here are some top lakes for crappie:
Claytor Lake, Diascond Creek Reservoir, Kerr Lake, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Lake Drummond, Lake Moomaw, Philpott Lake, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake, Swift Creek Reservoir, Western Branch Reservoir.
Maryland is a coastal state, but if offers some good crappie fishing as well.
Here are some good crappie lakes to try in the ‘Old Line State’: Deep Creek Lake, Liberty Reservoir, Little Seneca Lake, Loch Raven Reservoir, Prettyboy Reservoir, Rocky Gorge Reservoir, St. Mary’s Lake, Triadelphia Reservoir.
Delaware has a limited number of lakes that contain crappie, but the ones they do have offer some great fishing.
Here is a list of the prime crappie waters in the state:
- Andrews Lake is a 17-acre lake near Fredrica, in the central part of the state.
- Beck’s Pond is a 25-acre lake near Bear, in the north-east corner of the state.
- Betts Pond is a an 18-acre pond at Millsboro, in the south-west corner.
- Wagamons Pond is a 41-acre pond in Milton, in the south-east.
- Waples Pond is a 50-acre pond near Milton.
District of Columbia
Washington DC has no lakes and all fishing is within the Potomac River and its tributaries. There is good crappie fishing along the entire run of the river and its off-shoots.
Tennessee has great fishing everywhere, from giant stripers, to huge bass and monster catfish. There is excellent crappie fishing throughout the entire state, with over 1 million surface acres of water to choose from.
Here are some great crappie destinations in the Volunteer State: Boone Lake, Center Hill Lake, Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Douglas Lake, Hull Lake, J. Percy Priest Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barclay, Nickajack Lake, Norris Lake, Old Hickory lake, Reelfoot Lake, South Holston Lake, Tellico Lake, Watauga Lake, Watts Bar Lake.
The Old North State has beautiful lakes brimming with fish. Largemouth Bass are the principal species, but Tar-Heels also get their limit of crappie in the numerous lakes, rivers and streams.
Here are some prime crappie waters in North Carolina:
Appalachia Lake, Everett Jordon Lake, Belews Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiawassee Lake, Hyco Reservoir, Kerr Lake, Kings Mountain Reservoir, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Ronoake Rapids Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.
Mississippi is a great warm-water fishery with everything from bass, Catfish, and panfish, to the occasional ‘Gator’. The Magnolia State has miles of lakes, rivers and streams, including the mighty Mississippi River.
Here are some lakes with very good crappie populations:
Arkabutla Lake, Enid Reservoir, Grenada Reservoir, Jamie Whitten Lock and Dam, Okatibee Lake, Ross R. Barnett Reservoir, Sardis Lake.
Alabama lies in the heart of the deep south and offers great crappie fishing opportunities.
The following lakes offer great fishing for crappie:
Dannelly Reservoir, Lake Eufaula, Guntersville Lake, Lake Harding, Lake Jordan, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Martin, Lake Mitchell, Lake Neely Henry, Pickwick Lake, Smith Lake, Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Wedowee-Harris Lake, Lake Weiss, West Point Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake, Lake Woodruff.
Georgia has great fishing for trout as well as warm-water species. Nestled in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Peachtree state offers some of the last unsullied, Hike-In-Only wilderness left in the country, not to mention world-class crappie in it’s numerous lakes. It’s one of the reasons why I live there now.
Here are some of the top crappie waters in the state: Lake Allatoona, Banks Lake, Blue Ridge Lake, Carters Lake, Chatuge Lake, Hartwell Lake, Strom Thurmond Lake, Lake Blackshear, Lake Jackson, Lake Seminole, Lake Sidney Lanier, Nottley Lake, Oconee Lake, Richard B. Russell Lake, Walter F. George-Eufaula, West Point Lake., and the Crappie Capital of the World, Lake Wiess.
The Palmetto State is steeped in history as well as great fishing. Old Battlegrounds pre-dating the Revolutionary War, rustic buildings, Antebellum atmosphere and thousands of surface acres of great fishing water…., South Carolina has it all.
The following are some of the great crappie waters in South Carolina:
Hartwell Lake, Lake Greenwood, Lake Jocasse, Lake Keowee, Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Lake Murray, Lake Wylie, Montecello Reservoir, Richard B. Russell Lake, Wateree Lake.
Florida is famous as “the Fishing Capital Of The World”, with good reason. It is completely covered with ponds, rivers, streams, even bar-ditches
that contain fish, and it has the Gulf of Mexico on one side, the Atlantic Ocean, and the northern edge of the Carribean on the other two. It is truly a fisherman’s paradise.
Anywhere in Florida’s fresh and brackish waters are good for crappie, but here are some places to get you started: Blue Cypress Lake, Crescent Lake, Crooked Lake, Deerpoint Lake, East Lake Tohopekaliga, Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Apopka, Lake Conlin, Lake Eustis, Lake George, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Lake Harney, Lake Hatchineh, Lake Istopoga, Lake Jessup, Lake Kissimee, Lake Marian, Lake Miccosukee, Lake Monroe, Lake Newman, Lake Ocheechobee, Lake Talquin, Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake Wier, Lake Weohayakapka, Lochloosa Lake, Orange Lake, St. Johns River, Tsala Apopka Lkake.
Canada has spectacular scenery and great wilderness country. Much of it is still unspoiled by developers. Most of the really good crappie fishing in Canada seems to centered in Ontario and surrounding areas. It is almost totally a Black Crappie fishery, with White crappie being very rarely caught.
The major areas for good crappie fishing are:
The French River Delta, and the Georgian Bay waterways, inlets, streams, rivers and lakes, in addition to the Canadian side of the Great Lakes.
I’ve never fished there personally, but I have it on very good authority that one of the best crappie lakes in Ontario is Lake Of The Woods, also known as Lac des Bois. The lake is over 70 miles long and covers parts of Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba. It has over 14,552 islands, and 65,000 miles of shoreline.
Here are some of the communities that are near the lake: Angle Inlet, Mn., Baudette, Mn., French Portage Narrows, Ont., Keewatin, Ont., Kenora, Ont., Middlebro, Ont., Minaki, Ont., Rainey River, Ont., Sioux Narrows, Ont., Warroad, Mn.
Information about Mexican Fish and Game laws are difficult to come by, but apparently crappie are not considered a gamefish in Mexico, And can be netted by commercial fishermen and sport fishermen alike.
The following lakes offer good populations of crappie:
Lake El Salto, Lake Agua Milpa, Lake Baccarac, Lake Huites, Lake El Cuchillo, Lake Mateos, Lake Guerrero.
As far as I can tell, crappie have not been introduced anywhere else in the World….yet!