This article will help you find the state’s best crappie spots and provide you with essential tips for your next crappie adventure in Oklahoma.
While the average size of crappie is somewhere between 8 and 12 inches and 1/4 and 1lb, they can reach a maximum length of about 20 inches and a maximum weight of a little over 5lb. Crappie with a length of 13-15 inches and a weight of 1.5 to 2lb are generally considered trophy fish.
Depending on their range, crappie spawn between late February and mid-June. They will gather in large numbers in shallow water areas up to 6 feet when temperatures are between 50 and 60F. The actual spawning takes place when water temperatures are around 65F.
Black crappie generally have a dark body covered with irregular dark or black spots, while white crappie most commonly have a lighter body with regular dark bars running down their flanks.
Crappie fishing in clear water is super fun and can produce impressive results. If you stick to white, chartreuse, and red jigs, inline spinners, or spinnerbaits, you’ll be sure to hook up with some great slabs.
Knowing how to catch crappie in muddy water comes down to lure and bait selection. Going with minnows on the natural side and black and chartreuse colors when going artificial will put you in the best possible position to catch crappie in muddy water.