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New Mexico Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in NM.

Crappie Fishing Waters In New Mexico

Crappie fishing in New Mexico

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.

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.

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

NM State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

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The New Mexico state record crappie was caught from the Black River.

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Learn about 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.

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Best crappie fishing lakes in New Mexico!