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Kentucky Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in KY.

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Crappie Fishing Waters In Kentucky

Crappie fishing in Kentucky

Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Cave Run Lake, Cedar Creek Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Dewey Lake, Fishtrap Lake, Grayson Lake, Green River Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Lake Malone, Laurel River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Paintsville Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Wood Creek Lake and Yatesville Lake all have schools of crappie. Other waters in KY that have populations of crappie include private ponds, small lakes and some rivers and streams. Watershed Lake yielded the Kentucky state record crappie.

Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Kentucky 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

KY State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

KY State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz*

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.

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

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best crappie fishing lakes in Kentucky!