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Crappie Waters In WI

All about fishing for white and black crappie.

Crappie fishing in Wisconsin

Decent crappie can be found in most of the major lakes in the state including Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Big Green Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Chetac Lake, Geneva Lake, Gile Flowage Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Namekagon Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Willow Reservoir. Look also for crappie in small lakes, ponds and quiet rivers throughout Wisconsin. Ice fishing for crappie can be very rewarding and provides a great way to introduce kids to fishing.

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 13.1 oz

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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Wisconsin

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.

Wisconsin Crappie Records

The state record black crappie was caught out of Gile Flowage.

The state record white crappie came from Cranberry Marsh.

Crappie make a great fish fry
Crappie make a great fish fry.

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 Wisconsin 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

 

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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 Wisconsin lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.