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Rhode Island Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in RI.

Crappie Fishing Waters In Rhode Island

Crappie fishing in Rhode Island

Of the major lakes in Rhode Island, Watchaug Pond is the only one with a significant population of crappie. The Rhode Island state record black crappie was caught from Watchaug Pond.

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

RI State Record: 3 lbs 0 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 Rhode Island lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best crappie fishing lakes in Rhode Island!