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Washington Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in WA.

Crappie Fishing Waters In Washington

Crappie fishing in Washington

Washington has somewhat limited crappie fishing. There are healthy schools in a few major lakes including Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Franklin D Roosevelt Lake, Lake Umatilla (John Day), Lake Wallula (McNary), Palmer Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Riffe Lake, Spirit Lake and Vancouver Lake. Crappie can also be found in parks, ponds, rivers and small lakes across the state.

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.

The Washington state record black crappie was taken out of Lake Washington and the state record white crappie was caught from the Columbia River - Burbank Slough.

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 4 lbs 5 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

WA State Record: 2 lbs 13 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 Washington lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.

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