Washington Crappie Fishing
Crappie Waters In WA
All about fishing for white and black crappie.
Washington has somewhat limited crappie fishing. There are healthy schools in a few major lakes including Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Lake Tapps, Lake Umatilla, Lake Wallula, Lake Washington, Palmer Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Riffe Lake, Rock Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Silver Lake and Vancouver Lake. Crappie can also be found in parks, ponds, rivers and small lakes across the state.
Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Washington 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
The state record black crappie was taken out of Lake Washington and the state record white crappie was caught from the Columbia River - Burbank Slough.
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 5 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz
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 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 Washington lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.