Guide To Improving Your Crappie Fishing In Utah
All about fishing for black crappie.
Utah is a great destination for crappie fishing, with black crappie being the most sought-after species among anglers. These panfish are highly regarded for their delicious taste and challenging fishing opportunities. While not as abundant as other fish species in the state, black crappie can still be found in several lakes and reservoirs, making them a prized catch for dedicated anglers.
Black crappie fishing in Utah typically peaks in the spring and fall when the water temperatures are cooler and these fish are more active. During these seasons, crappie can be found near submerged structures such as fallen trees, brush piles, and underwater vegetation, where they congregate to feed.
Popular fishing spots for black crappie in Utah include Otter Creek Reservoir, Fish Lake, and Lake Powell. Anglers often use small jigs, minnows, or soft plastics to entice these finicky fish to bite. Patience and finesse are essential when targeting crappie, as they can be quite selective in their feeding habits.
Utah's diverse landscape and scenic waters add to the charm of crappie fishing, making it an enjoyable pastime for both local anglers and visitors to the state. Whether you're fishing from the shore or a boat, exploring Utah's waters for black crappie promises a rewarding and memorable experience.
Crappie Fishing Waters In UT
Deer Creek Reservoir, East Canyon Reservoir, Lake Powell, Pineview Reservoir, Quail Creek Reservoir and Utah Lake are some of the larger lakes in Utah with crappie. Other lakes, rivers and ponds are potential crappie hang outs as well. Kids enjoy ice fishing for crappie.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Utah
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. Review details for the best crappie rig options. Understanding the seasonal movements of crappie can enhance your chances of using these lures in the ideal locations.
Utah State Record Crappie
The state record black crappie was caught from Lake Powell.
Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Utah lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.
Small jigs, live minnows, small spinners and other small lures will catch crappie. Use light line (six pound or less) and work the baits slowly - especially in cold water.
Crappie Fishing Basics Video
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The life cycle of crappie.
The more you know about crappie, the easier it will be to locate and catch them in Utah lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.