1. Grenada Lake, Mississippi
Experts agree that this 36,000-acre lake is the top destination for trophy-class crappies. Three-pounders aren’t scarce and 2-pounders are fairly plentiful. Roger Havens, owner of the Crappie Shop (662-226-1510), suggests dropping 2-inch tubes next to shallow stumps in Turkey and Red Grass Creeks and around Graceport Landing.
2. Kentucky Lake, Kentucky and Tennessee
Guide Darrell VanVactor (270-395-4204) says lots of 2-pounders are caught in the Blood River and Big Sandy areas. Crappies stage on main lake points in early March and move into coves by early April. Dunk live minnows, slow-troll white Beetle Spins or jig 2-inch tubes in sparkle/chartreuse.
3. Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma
Despite heavy pressure, limits come easy and include plenty of 2-pounders. Work the riprap along I-40 and probe shallow cover in Gentry, Cole and Gaines creeks with 2-inch Yum Beavertail grubs on 1/8-ounce jigheads. First-timers should hire a guide; Todd Huckabee (405-520-8980) is a good one.
4. Logan Martin Lake, Alabama
This 15,000-acre reservoir is on fire right now. Crappies in this Coosa River impoundment are plentiful and big, many in the two-pound range. Guide Bobby Bright (256-593-7830) slow-trolls in 8 to 15 feet of water in creek arms in the upper end of the lake beginning in March.
5. Weiss Lake, Alabama
A 10-inch size limit has helped this 30,000-acre lake. Lots of 1-pounders, and a few 2-pounders, fill limits. Guide Butch Young (706-862-2230) says the best way to find fish is to slow-troll nose-hooked minnows or tiny spinners in the Little River and Yellow Creek areas.
Top Crappie Guides
A summer guide on Indiana’s Patoka Lake, Gibson (812-936-3382) specializes in catching hefty stringers of big-water crappies.
A touring pro and guide, Lindsey (318-294-4168) fishes the Red River and other slow-moving streams in his home state of Louisiana.