Guide To Crappie Fishing In Washington
Crappie Waters In WA
All about fishing for white and black crappie.
Washington has somewhat limited crappie fishing. There are healthy schools in a few major lakes including Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Lake Tapps, Lake Umatilla, Lake Wallula, Lake Washington, Palmer Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Riffe Lake, Rock Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Silver Lake and Vancouver Lake. Crappie can also be found in parks, ponds, rivers and small lakes across the state. Crappie are very popular among many ice fishing enthusiasts.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4.50 lbs
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2.80 lbs
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Washington
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 taken out of Lake Washington.
The state record white crappie was caught from the Columbia River - Burbank Slough.
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 are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Washington 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 Washington lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.