Guide To Crappie Fishing In New Mexico
All about fishing for white and black crappie.
Crappie Waters In NM
Many of the warmer waters in NM contain crappie. The larger lakes in the state with healthy schools of crappie include Abiquiu Reservoir, Brantley Lake, Caballo Lake, Conchas Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Santa Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake and Ute Lake. Ponds, rivers and small lakes may also be home to schools of crappie.
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz
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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For New Mexico
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.
New Mexico State Record Crappie
The state record white crappie came out of the Black River.
Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many New Mexico lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.
Crappie Fishing Basics Video
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The life cycle of crappie.
The more you know about crappie, the easier it will be to locate and catch them in New Mexico lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.