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Guide to fishing for white and black crappie.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Oregon offers great opportunities for crappie fishing, with both black crappie and white crappie being popular species among anglers. Crappie are highly sought-after for their delicious flesh and their willingness to bite, providing anglers with exciting angling experiences.

Black crappie and white crappie can be found in various lakes, ponds, and reservoirs throughout Oregon. These fish are often found near submerged structures such as fallen trees, brush piles, or weed beds. Anglers typically target crappie using light tackle and small jigs or live bait such as minnows or worms. Vertical jigging, casting, or trolling can all be effective techniques for catching crappie.

Black crappie and white crappie are similar in appearance, with black crappie having a darker, mottled pattern and white crappie having more pronounced vertical bars. While both species offer exciting angling opportunities, the catch rates and populations of each may vary depending on the specific water body.

When planning a crappie fishing trip in Oregon, it is important to check the fishing regulations and guidelines set by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This includes any size and bag limits, fishing methods, and specific regulations for certain water bodies. Adhering to these regulations ensures the conservation and sustainability of crappie populations in Oregon's waters.

Oregon's lakes, ponds, and reservoirs provide ample opportunities for crappie fishing throughout the year. However, anglers often find the best crappie fishing during the spring and early summer months when crappie move into shallower waters to spawn. During this time, crappie can be more easily targeted and tend to be more active.

With its scenic water bodies and diverse fish populations, Oregon offers an exciting and rewarding crappie fishing experience. Whether you're targeting black crappie, white crappie, or both, the state's abundant fishing opportunities provide anglers with the chance to reel in some impressive catches while enjoying the natural beauty of Oregon's landscapes.

Crappie Waters In OR

Crappie fishing in Oregon

Brownlee Reservoir, Crump Lake, Drews Reservoir, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Hart Lake, Lake Owyhee, Phillips Lake, Prineville Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake and Tenmile Lakes are some of the larger lakes in Oregon with a healthy population of crappie. Many other small lakes and ponds in the warmer sections of OR contain crappie as well.

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Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

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Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lures For Oregon

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.

Oregon State Record Crappie

The state record black crappie was caught from the Lost River.

The state record white crappie came out of Gerber Reservoir.

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 and work the baits slowly - especially in cold water.Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many Oregon lakes. Crappie are known by many names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.

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