Guide To Crappie Fishing In Minnesota
All about fishing for black and white crappie.
Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many area lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few. Ice fishing for crappie can be great fun for kids and adults.
Crappie Waters In MN
Many small lakes, ponds and quiet rivers in Minnesota have populations of crappie. But if you want to catch a bunch of crappie your best bet is most likely in one of the larger lakes including Big Stone Lake, Cross Lake, Goose Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Lake Bemidji, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Pelican Lake, Rainy Lake, Turtle Lake and Upper Red Lake.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Minnesota
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.
Minnesota State Record Crappie
The state record black crappie was caught from the Vermillion River.
The state record white crappie came out of Constance Lake.
Crappie Fishing Basics Video
Check out crappie 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 Minnesota lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.