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All about fishing for black and white crappie in IL.

Crappie fishing in Illinois

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

Crappie Fishing Waters In Illinois

Without a doubt, there are hundreds of places to fish for crappie in IL. The bigger schools tend to thrive in larger lakes and impoundments like Anderson Lake, Carlyle Lake, Cedar Lake, Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Evergreen Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Governor Bond Lake, Heidecke Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Carroll, Lake Decatur, Lake Lou Yeager, Lake Mattoon, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, Lake Taylorville, Newton Lake, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake.

The state record black crappie came from Rend Lake and the state record white crappie came from a private pond. So check out the water nearby. It may just have a few crappie just waiting to be caught.

Fishing for crappie in Illinois

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

IL State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

IL State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

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Check out crappie fishing 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 Illinois lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best crappie fishing lakes in Illinois!