North Carolina Crappie Fishing
All about fishing for black and white crappie.
Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many North Carolina lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.
Crappie Waters In NC
It is not an overstatement to say that crappie are everywhere in North Carolina. To begin with, most major lakes in NC have healthy schools of crappie. Those lakes include Apalachia Lake, Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Buckhorn Reservoir, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Graham-Mebane Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Lake, Jordan Lake, Kernersville Lake, Kerr Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Benson, Lake Cammack, Lake Crabtree, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake Higgins, Lake James, Lake Mackintosh, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Sutton, Lake Tillery, Lake Townsend, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Moss Lake, Phelps Lake, Randleman Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake, Salem Lake, Santeetlah Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir, Tar River Reservoir and W Kerr Scott Reservoir. In addition crappie can be found in most ponds, rivers and smaller lakes.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 15 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For North Carolina
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 black crappie was caught out of Asheboro City Lake #4.
The state record white crappie was caught from a private lake in Wake County
Crappie Fishing Basics
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 North Carolina lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.