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Guide to fishing for white and black crappie in WY.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Crappie fishing in Wyoming

Wyoming provides exciting opportunities for crappie fishing, with both black crappie and white crappie species inhabiting various lakes and reservoirs. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about crappie fishing and crappie lakes in the state. Anglers looking to target crappie will find themselves drawn to bodies of water such as Glendo Reservoir, Boysen Reservoir, and Keyhole Reservoir. These lakes offer excellent crappie fishing experiences, with healthy populations of both black and white crappie.

Crappie Fishing Basics Video

Black crappie are known for their distinctive dark coloration and speckled pattern. They prefer clear water with vegetation and submerged structures. Anglers often find success targeting black crappie near brush piles, fallen trees, or around submerged vegetation. These fish can be caught using a variety of techniques, including casting small jigs or using live bait such as minnows or worms.

White crappie, on the other hand, are characterized by their lighter coloration and vertical black bars along their sides. They are often found in warmer water and tend to congregate around submerged structures such as docks, bridge pilings, or underwater ledges. Anglers targeting white crappie typically use similar techniques to those employed for black crappie, such as casting small jigs or presenting live bait.

Wyoming's lakes and reservoirs offer ample opportunities for anglers to pursue crappie, providing exciting fishing experiences and the chance to reel in a tasty catch. Whether you're targeting black crappie or white crappie, the state's scenic waters and abundant fish populations make Wyoming a fantastic destination for crappie fishing enthusiasts. With the right techniques and a bit of patience, anglers can enjoy thrilling encounters with these popular panfish species in the picturesque surroundings of Wyoming's lakes and reservoirs.

Crappie Waters In WY

Bighorn Lake, Boysen Lake, Glendo Reservoir, Grayrocks Reservoir and Keyhole Reservoir and Pilot Butte Reservoir are lakes with abundant schools of crappie. You can also find crappie in ponds, rivers and small lakes in the state. Ice fishing for crappie can be fun and often fast action.

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Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 7.4 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2.45 lbs

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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Wyoming

Crappie jigs work well in water from 2' to 40' deep, and are the most popular artificial lure for crappie ever. When crappie are shallow, spinners, small crankbaits and underspins are the often very productive. As they move deeper, spoons are among the top producers if the crappie are active. Review details for the best crappie rig options. Understanding the seasonal movements of crappie can enhance your chances of using these lures in the ideal locations.

Wyoming State Record Crappie

The state record black crappie was caught from Boysen Reservoir.

The state record white crappie came out of Glendo Reservoir.

Crappie make a great fish fry
Crappie make a great fish fry.

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


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