New Jersey 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 New Jersey lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few. Although nice crappie are to be found locally, it may take a little looking. The major lakes with sizable schools of crappie include Assunpink Lake, Delaware Lake, Farrington Lake, Greenwood Lake, Lake Carnegie, Lake Lenape, Lake Musconetcong, Mercer Lake, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir, Swartswood Lake and Union Lake. Of course, you can find crappie in smaller lakes, rivers, parks and ponds as well. Ice fishing for crappie is a great way to introduce kids to fishing.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For New Jersey
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.
New Jersey State Record Crappie
The state record black crappie was caught from Pompton Lake.
The state record white crappie came out of Mercer Lake.
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 New Jersey lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.