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Guide to fishing for black crappie (Calico Bass) in CT.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Crappie fishing in Connecticut

Connecticut offers exciting crappie fishing opportunities, with black crappie being a popular species targeted by anglers. Known for their delicious flesh and spirited fights, black crappie can be found in many of Connecticut's lakes, ponds, and rivers. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about crappie fishing and crappie lakes in the state.

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Anglers looking to catch black crappie in Connecticut can explore popular fishing spots such as Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah, and Lake Zoar. These bodies of water provide ideal habitats for crappie, with submerged structures, fallen trees, and weed beds serving as prime locations for finding them.

Spring and fall are typically the best seasons for crappie fishing in Connecticut. During the spring, crappie move to shallow water areas to spawn, making them more accessible to anglers. They can often be found near submerged vegetation or structure. As the water cools down in the fall, crappie become more active and can be found in similar areas.

Anglers can target black crappie using various techniques and baits. Popular methods include using small jigs, soft plastic baits, or live minnows suspended at different depths. It's essential to experiment with different colors and sizes of lures to find what works best on any given day.

When crappie fishing in Connecticut, it's important to be aware of fishing regulations, including size and creel limits. Adhering to these regulations ensures the sustainability of the crappie population and helps maintain a healthy fishery for future generations.

Connecticut's lakes, ponds, and rivers offer anglers the opportunity to enjoy thrilling crappie fishing experiences. Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner, targeting black crappie can provide hours of excitement and the chance to bring home a delicious meal. So grab your fishing gear, locate your favorite crappie fishing spot, and get ready to reel in some black crappie in the beautiful waters of Connecticut.

Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Connecticut lakes. Crappie. Throughout the country are known by various, local names. In CT they are commonly referred to as calico bass. Because crappie school, locating them while ice fishing can create the ideal circumstances for introducing kids to fishing.

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Calico Bass/Crappie Fishing Waters In CT

To catch crappie in Connecticut, try Bantam Lake, Beach Pond, Black Pond, Candlewood Lake, Crystal Lake, Gardner Lake, Lake Beseck, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Zoar, Mansfield Hollow Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Moodus Reservoir, Pachaug Pond, Quaddick Reservoir, Rogers Lake, Shenipsit Lake, Tyler Lake or Washining Lake or Washining Lake.

Black Crappie

Black crappie/calico bass

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz

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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Connecticut

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.

Connecticut State Record Crappie - Calico Bass

The state record black/white crappie was caught from Pataganset Lake.


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