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Oklahoma's best crappie fishing is just around the bend

by Ed Godfrey Modified: April 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm •  Published: April 21, 2012

Crappie are getting close to spawning across Oklahoma.

At Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma's most profilic crappie lake, the fish appear ready to spawn sometime soon.

“What we are looking forward to is stable weather and they will come in (to shallow water),” said George Edwards of Oklahoma City, an avid crappie angler and Lake Eufaula regular. “I am going to say in the next week it's going to happen. I would say we are right on the edge of busting open.”

Crappie is the most sought after fish among Oklahoma anglers. That's because many people think crappie are the best tasting fish in Oklahoma lakes and there is a liberal daily limit of 37.

Anglers start sacking up the “papermouths” in the spring when they hang out in the shallow ends of coves and move into even shallower water to spawn.

Crappie usually will spawn in or near woody cover so the best fishing is normally near timber.

Mid- to late April and early May is perhaps the easiest time to catch crappie and catch big crappie. Popular bait choices are live minnows, worms and small jigs, or jigs tipped with tiny plastic grubs or small minnows.

Crappie can be found in almost all Oklahoma lakes with Eufaula, Tenkiller, Oologah, Hugo, Kaw and Texoma considered among the best.

In central Oklahoma, Thunderbird, Hefner and Arcadia are popular crappie holes as is nearby Canton Lake in northwest Oklahoma.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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