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matt1991
02-27-2019, 02:29 AM
i know ms has the best white crappie but sadly u dont get many of them at all down here and when u do u dont get cool darker colored ones lie up north what lake would you say has the best black crappie?

Slab
02-27-2019, 06:27 AM
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IMHO: St. Johns River/watershed/lake system down here in Florida. Awesome fishery, awesome looking fish.

Ketchn
02-27-2019, 07:28 AM
the summer time emerald green and black with a dash of blue here and there ones that come from far north are really pretty fish.
I imagine some waters up there have prettier fish than others but to be sure all the states produce fish similar somewhere in the state .
water clarity and stains and depths and other factors have lots to do with it.
we have several spots in Texas where they get really pretty .

"G"
02-27-2019, 07:36 AM
Matt....they have blacks and whites both at Okatibbee right there near where you live.

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CliffordN
02-27-2019, 08:58 AM
Bobby Garland drove "17 hours", his words, to fish in the St. John's in Florida... Guess that would be a good place!

chaunc
02-27-2019, 09:23 AM
Come up north after your spawn down there is done. In May, you canít beat the big black slabs on Pymatuning Lake here on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

ezgoing
02-27-2019, 09:49 AM
Which ever lake I am fishing is the best lake for black or white crappie for me.

Lane Palmer
02-27-2019, 11:12 AM
Cedar Creek is tough to beat.

slabin
02-27-2019, 01:10 PM
Come up north after your spawn down there is done. In May, you canít beat the big black slabs on Pymatuning Lake here on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania.Pymatuning lake spent a lot of hours on that lake as a kid my grandparents lived in Linesville

wolfhnd
02-27-2019, 02:45 PM
That is a pretty fish Slab is holding.

matt1991
02-27-2019, 02:59 PM
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IMHO: St. Johns River/watershed/lake system down here in Florida. Awesome fishery, awesome looking fish.


ill be moving to orlando again hopefully within next few months tbh i was a bit sad when went cause no flathead catfish near ill be in kissimmee area probably iv never been t lake kissimmee but the fact its very shallow makes it easier to catch the crappie id think knowing dont have t fish it 20 feet down since the lakes average like 7 feet

TerryD
02-27-2019, 07:02 PM
Check out older posts here from Bee. He lives in Maine and always posts up the prettiest black crappie I've ever seen. I don't know if they even have white crappie there.?
And here in Tennessee, Center Hill has a good population of black nose crappie.

grizzrider09
02-27-2019, 10:46 PM
i know ms has the best white crappie but sadly u dont get many of them at all down here and when u do u dont get cool darker colored ones lie up north what lake would you say has the best black crappie?

okatibbee should have all the black ones you can stand right now in the grass

matt1991
02-28-2019, 01:23 AM
Matt....they have blacks and whites both at Okatibbee right there near where you live.

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i know theya re there but they are rare every pic i see of guys catching crappie here its all whites

crappielimits
02-28-2019, 02:02 PM
Lake Talquin is hard to beat for Black Crappie.

Ketchn
02-28-2019, 05:16 PM
Some Texas blacks

Ketchn
02-28-2019, 05:20 PM
Book a trip with Lane when they are on fire
Bet you won't forget it

Noodle rod
02-28-2019, 09:34 PM
I would like to put in a plug for my home lake in Northern California, well known as a top bass Lake, we have had two crappie tournaments this year where we weigh in ten fish, both times it has taken over twenty pounds to make the top three. That takes 10 fish over 2lb per team, that gives you a good idea of the size of our black crappie!

SeaRay
02-28-2019, 09:57 PM
How's this for Black? Hit a 5" Floating Rapala this morning .
SC lake .
Can't get picture oriented correctly. Sorry.

footballcoach
03-01-2019, 08:51 AM
Lake Talquin is hard to beat for Black Crappie.:hesaid

wolfhnd
03-01-2019, 12:25 PM
Since most States have fish surveys this question could be answered objectively. I'm to lazy to compile the data :-)

Alphahawk
03-01-2019, 01:55 PM
I suspect there are a lot of lakes that many have never heard of that hold huge black crappie. Here in TN Center Hill Lake is certainly one. I get them in the lake and get them below the dam in a trout river. Here are some pics and I want you to note the scars...cuts.....on these fish. These fish were in all likelihood washed over the spill gates when they released water last year....and it is not just a few.....they get stacked in there. Well the gates are open now.....Iím sure 100s of black nose crappie are tumbling down. My nephew and I had one day last year where the smallest was 14 inches of a limit of 30 fish. But the water needs to get out of there before we can fish it...but when it gets cut off you can bet Iíll be in there.

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wolfhnd
03-01-2019, 02:43 PM
I suspect there are a lot of lakes that many have never heard of that hold huge black crappie. Here in TN Center Hill Lake is certainly one. I get them in the lake and get them below the dam in a trout river. Here are some pics and I want you to note the scars...cuts.....on these fish. These fish were in all likelihood washed over the spill gates when they released water last year....and it is not just a few.....they get stacked in there. Well the gates are open now.....Iím sure 100s of black nose crappie are tumbling down. My nephew and I had one day last year where the smallest was 14 inches of a limit of 30 fish. But the water needs to get out of there before we can fish it...but when it gets cut off you can bet Iíll be in there.


I recently read an article that said white bass will stack up in front of a sandbar or similar obstruction in moving water and crappie will stack up right at the edge closest to the flow behind the sandbar. Has that been your experience?

Alphahawk
03-01-2019, 05:02 PM
I recently read an article that said white bass will stack up in front of a sandbar or similar obstruction in moving water and crappie will stack up right at the edge closest to the flow behind the sandbar. Has that been your experience?

Yes it has. It was about 13 years ago while trout fishing the river that I found out about all the black nose crappie in there. I had pulled my kayak onto a sand bar in a bend of the river and was casting in about 12 feet of gin clear water. Much to my surprise I could see a huge black nose come up under my Trout Magnet....open wide...and inhale it. I stayed there for 2 hours doing that.....forget the trout.....LOL. While I know that crappie prefer calm water folks will be surprised where you can find them in rivers. It is the same at the end of a sand bar out from an island on the TN river down at Nickajack.

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EarlWaynetom
03-01-2019, 07:31 PM
Gunterville! Just look at the tournament in February 2019 . 2 plus average and a 3.19 !

BAMA S
03-01-2019, 07:38 PM
Jordan. Produced 16.37 black crappie

wolfhnd
03-01-2019, 08:16 PM
I couldn't find any other nation wide study. But I will keep looking.

The following paper compares growth of black and white crappie.

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