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Vermont Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in VT.

Crappie Fishing Waters In Vermont

Crappie fishing in Vermont

Lake Champlain and Lake St Catherine are the two major lakes in VT with significant crappie populations. Crappie can also be found in ponds, rivers and small lakes. Lake Champlain produced the Vermont state record black crappie.

Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Vermont lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

VT State Record: 3 lbs 8.5 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

VT State Record: 3 lbs 8.5 oz*

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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.

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Learn about the life cycle of crappie

The more you know about crappie, the easier it will be to locate and catch them in Vermont lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.

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