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Wisconsin Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in WI.

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Crappie Fishing Waters In Wisconsin

Crappie fishing in Wisconsin

Decent crappie can be found in most of the major lakes in the state including Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Big Green Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Chetac Lake, Geneva Lake, Gile Flowage Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake du Bay, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Namekagon Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Willow Reservoir. Look also for crappie in small lakes, ponds and quiet rivers throughout Wisconsin.

Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Wisconsin lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.

WI Crappie Records

Gile Flowage was home to the Wisconsin state record black crappie and the WI state record white crappie came from Cranberry Marsh.

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

WI State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

WI State Record: 3 lbs 13 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 Wisconsin lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best crappie fishing lakes in Wisconsin!