Black CrappieWhite CrappieFish Species Spotlight:CrappieCrappie - There are two types of Crappie, black and white Crappie. Crappie are a native fish species to North America. They typically live in deeper water during the day, and come into the shallow water in the evenings and mornings to feed. They are typically found in clear water lurking around submerged vegetation, trees, and other objects in three to six feet of water. Crappie school together, and they also school with other types of fin fish. They live an average of about ten to twelve years, and can grow to a little over five pounds, with the average catch size between a quarter to a half pound. When they are juveniles, crappie feed mostly on microscopic prey like cyclops, cladocera and daphnia. When Crappies are more mature they will feed on insects, minnows, and fish fingerlings of other fish species. World Record Black CrappieThe biggest world record sized Black Crappie ever caught, as per the International Game Fish Association, was caught in Tennessee, in Richeison Pond, in 2018, and it weighed in at 5 lb 7 oz. •Weight - 5 lb 7 oz•Location - Richeison Pond, Tennessee, USA •Catch Date - 15-May-2018 •Angler - Lionel FergusonWorld Record White CrappieThe biggest world record sized White Crappie ever caught, as per the International Game Fish Association, was caught in Mississippi, at Enid Dam, in 1957, and it weighed in at 5 lb 3 oz. •Weight - 5 lb 3 oz•Location - Enid Dam, Mississippi, USA •Catch Date - 31-Jul-1957•Angler - Fred BrightState Record Big Fish can be found here.Crappie like to school together with other crappie, and other panfish. They like to hang out around underwater structures like fallen trees, overhanging vegetation, docks, weed beds and other submerged structures. During the day crappie tend to stay deep under water and only move to shore when they are feeding around dawn or dusk. During the crappie spawning period they can be found in shallow water in large concentrations. Crappie do not go into semi-hibernation during the winter and cold weather, which makes them a prime target of anglers that like to go ice fishing. Both black and white Crappie can have a color variance that is affected by their habitat, age and the colors of the local Crappie breeding population.Best Crappie Fishing Techniques and GearBest Crappie Lures – Small jigs of around 1/8 ounce tend to work the best. They also can be caught on spinnerbaits, small minnow stickbaits, and other small spinners. Small rubber worms, small live worms, and minnows will also work well. Crappie Fishing with a Minnow and a BobberLoop Knot for Crappie Fishing – When fishing for crappie with a small jig, you should use a loop knot. IA loop knot will allow the jig to move more freely when casted. It also provides crappie with a subtle movement that crappie will be attracted to when fishing it vertical to the fish. Loop Knot for Crappie FishingBest Live Bait Rig for Crappie FishingThe best bait rig for crappie is to use a #6 hook, a small split shot, a live minnow and a slip bobber. Having the slip bobber will enable you adjust your minnow to any depth. You should hook the minnow through both lips, so the minnow will survive and be able to swim around, or you can also hook it just behind the top dorsal fin.Best Depth for Crappie Fishing Crappie are usually found fairly shallow in three to six foot of water. In the summer months, crappie will move to deeper water and come in to the shallower areas during dawn and dusk in order to feed.Keep the Line TightCrappie have a fairly soft lip, which means that as you reel them in they can tear their lip and shake your hook if you don’t keep the line tight. Crappie do put up a good fight for their size, so keeping the line tight is fairly simple to do. Slow and Steady with your Lure or BaitCrappie will bite better if you attract them in by keeping your bait or lure slow and steady with no sudden movements. You should retrieve your line slowly. If you know the crappie are there, and you aren’t getting any bites, you should try slowing down a little bit more to see if that helps. Southern Pro 271-Piece Panfish Assortment KitLip RipperZ Litl RipperZ KitBerkley Powerbait ChromaGlow Crappie Nibble Assortment PackSee more fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.