Guide To Michigan Crappie Fishing
Fishing for white and black crappie.
Crappie Waters In MI
Locals are fortunate to have a number of lakes with healthy schools of crappie. They include Black Lake, Brevoort Lake, Burt Lake, Elk Lake, Fletcher Pond, Hamlin Lake, Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Erie, Lake Gogebic, Lake Michigamme, Lake Michigan, Lake St Clair, Lake Superior, Mullett Lake, Sanford Lake, Torch Lake and Wixom Lake. Catching crappie while ice fishing is popular at many lakes throughout the state. In addition you will find crappie in private ponds, a few rivers, park lakes and some of the smaller lakes across Michigan.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4.12 lbs
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3.39 lbs
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Michigan
Crappie jigs work well in water from 2' to 40' deep, and are the most popular artificial lure for crappie ever. When crappie are shallow, spinners, small crankbaits and underspins are the often very productive. As they move deeper, spoons are among the top producers if the crappie are active. Understanding the seasonal movements of crappie can enhance your chances of using these lures in the ideal locations.
The state record white crappie came from Stony Creek Lake.
The state record black crappie was taken from Lincoln Lake.
Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Michigan lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.
Crappie Fishing Basics Video
Check out crappie information, by state.
The life cycle of crappie.
The more you know about crappie, the easier it will be to locate and catch them in Michigan lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.