Although the bass draws the most attention, crappie fishing is a big deal in Texas. Highly valued not for wild punches, dramatic jumps, or the ability to create a drag scream, but because if you catch one you will be in a pile of them. And honestly, other than maybe pikeperch or yellow perch, it would be tough to top crappie fillets.
How to Find the Best Crappie Fishing Lakes in Texas
Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife page
There are so many to choose from that I suggest you begin your investigation into where to fish in Texas by visiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This is a GREAT state and you’ll want to spend most of your time on the water, not the streets. To find the best crappie fishing in Texas, the Parks and Wildlife Department has divided the state into the following regions: Panhandle Plains, Prairie and Lakes, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country, and Big Bend Country.
Check the fishing reports
Each region has updated reports of Texas crappie fishing. Here you will learn about the clarity, temperature, and depth of each lake’s water, and may even get an idea of where to start watering. The best crappie fishing in Texas not only varies from year to year, but also from week to week, as various influencing factors such as feed availability, spawning success and water levels play a role. For example, at the time of writing, Lake Conroe was doing fine in the Pineywoods area and Lake Stamford in the Panhandle Plains area, but in a couple of weeks Sam Rayburn or Possum Kingdom could become hotter crappie destinations in their respective areas.
Tips for catching crappies
Crappie fishing tips always involve finding structures like docks or standing or fallen wood, and crappie fishing in Texas is no different. Crappie can be caught on lures such as small crank lures, spoons, and spinner lures, but small jigs or small minnows with light line and long limber rods usually have a higher success rate. Spawning occurs when the water exceeds 60 degrees, which is usually between March and May. This focuses a fish that is already gregarious, so this may be the best time to go fishing for crappie in Texas.
When you get your Texas fishing license, be sure to read the regulations. Anglers are able to hold large numbers: 25. The national crop size is at least 10 inches, however, but can vary from lake to lake to accommodate the ever-changing populations.