Crappie moving to shallow water across the state
Forget the big fancy boat and huge tackle box - all
you need to catch crappie this time of year is a rod and reel and a handful
of jigs. Anglers are catching crappie across the state in shallow water,
according to the weekly fishing report compiled by Oklahoma Department of
From Canton, to Kaw, to Kerr, to Keystone lakes,
anglers are catching crappie from the bank as the popular fish move into
shallow water to spawn. Crappie fishing is one of the most popular fishing
opportunities available due to their willingness to bite and their fine
flavor at the dinner table.
"The best place to fish for crappie this time of year
is around brush in shallow water," said Paul Mauck, southcentral region
fisheries supervisor for the Wildlife Department. "Crappie can be found
moving into shallow water to spawn once the water temperature reaches the
upper 50s to lower 60s. Crappie spawning generally takes place in water only
two to three feet deep."
Catching crappie is a great opportunity to introduce
a youngster to fishing. No fancy gear is required. A small jig or minnow is
often very effective.