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North Dakota Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in ND.

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Crappie Fishing Waters In North Dakota

Crappie fishing in North Dakota

If you like to fish for crappie, your options are a bit limited in ND. You can find a few in some small lakes and rivers, and some private ponds are stocked with crappie. The bigger schools of North Dakota crappie reside in several larger lakes including Bowman-Haley Lake, Devils Lake, Jamestown Reservoir, Lake Ashtabula, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Tschida, Pipestem Lake and the Missouri River.

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

ND State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

ND State Record: N/A

Crappie make a great fish fry
Crappie make a great fish fry.

Crappie Records in ND

The state record black crappie came from Oahe Lake.

Small jigs, live minnows, small spinners and other small lures will catch crappie. Use light line (6 lb or less) and work the baits slowly - especially in cold water.

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