Website Lists 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Crappie anglers tend to be a secretive bunch, so this certainly won’t their feelings, but the website on Wednesday released its list of the 50 best crappie lakes in the country.

There’s not one mention of Minnesota — or any other Midwest state.

In a news release, the Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based fishhound said it consulted “with a host of industry experts, including veteran outdoor writers, professional crappie anglers, companies like Blakemore and Southern Pro, and organizations such as Crappie USA, Crappie Masters and Crappie Nation.”

“We devoted considerable time and resources to develop this list based on feedback from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable crappie fishermen throughout the U.S.,” Rick Patri, fishhound’s vice president of operations, said in the news release. “These are bodies of water that earned well deserved reputations for producing big numbers of fish as well as some real monsters.”

The long-standing IGFA all-tackle world record for white crappie stands at 5 pounds, 3 ounces and was caught in Mississippi back in 1957. The all-tackle record for black crappie is a 5-pound fish caught from a private Missouri farm pond in 2006.

According to fishhound, the next crappie record most likely will come from one of these “top 50” lakes:

1. Grenada Lake, MS.

2. Sardis Lake, MS.

3. Kentucky Lake, TN.

4. Reelfoot Lake, TN.

5. Arkabutla Lake, MS.

6. Green River Lake, KY.

7. Lake Washington, MS.

8. Barkley Lake, KY.

9. Lake Dardanelle, AR.

10. Logan Martin, AL.

11. Weiss Lake, AL.

12. Nimrod Lake, AR.

13. Clarks Hill, GA.

14. Chickamauga Lake, TN.

15. Patoka Lake, IN.

16. Santee Cooper Lakes, SC.

17. Eufaula Lake, OK.

18. Pickwick Lake, TN.

19. Oologah Lake, OK.

20. Enid Lake, MS.

21. Harris Chain of Lakes, FL.

22. Truman Lake, MO.

23. Toledo Bend, TX.

24. Alabama River, AL.

25 Lake Erie, OH.

26. Texoma Lake, TX.

27. Buckeye Lake, OH.

28. Kaw Lake, OK.

29. Ross Barnett, MS.

30. Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, MS (Columbus, Aliceville, Aberdeen).

31. Douglas Lake, TN.

32. Monroe Lake, FL.

33. Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

34. Lake Fork, TX.

35. Neely Henry Lake, AL.

36. Kinkaid Lake, IL.

37. Rend Lake, IL.

38. Shelbyville Lake, IL.

39. Conway Lake, AR.

40. Lake Greeson, AR.

41. Greenwood Lake, AR.

42. West Point, GA.

43. Oconee Lake, GA.

44. Lake Cumberland, KY.

45. Indian Lake, OH.

46. Lake Talquin, FL.

47. Mississinewa Lake, IN.

48. Hamilton Lake, AR.

49. Lake of the Pines, TX.

50. D’Arbonne Lake, LA.

The full report is available here.


1 Response

  1. J Gillie

    transplanted LOW resident here…we have a place at Truman and I’ll attest that it merits placing in the top 25…and that Lake of the Ozarks (just below Truman) is just as good. However…the best crappie fishing I ever had was through the ice up at Nestor Falls!

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