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West Virginia Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in WV.

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Crappie Fishing Waters In West Virginia

Crappie fishing in West Virginia

Bluestone Lake, Burnsville Lake, Moncove Lake, O’Brien Lake, Stonewall Jackson Lake, Summersville Lake and Tygart Lake are some of the major lakes in West Virginia that contain solid populations of crappie. Most ponds, small lakes, rivers and many parks are excellent places to look for crappie. The West Virginia state record crappie came out of Meathouse Fork.

Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many West Virginia 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

WV State Record: 4 lbs 1 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

WV State Record: N/A

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.

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