What size of crappie is considered BIG?

I’m catching some 2 and 3 pounders. Is that considered BIG? What is the record, and what is a “good size” crappie?

Everyone wants to catch the largest crappie every time they head out onto the lake. Unfortunately, this can be difficult. The best way to get the largest catch is to know the fish inside and out. Know where they are hiding based on what time of the year it is. In the springtime, they are spawning and will be found closest to the surface. In the winter they are deep, and usually found around structures. Knowing where they are and their habits can help you to catch them. But, what’s the largest, you ask? This will depend on the area in which the fish are located. For example, in New York State, you will find crappie the largest crappie coming in at about 13 to 14 inches. If you visit Pittsburgh to fish crappie, you will find some large fish available to you. The largest crappie here are found to be 3 pounds, 8 ounces or so. As you may imagine, catching crappie that are large depends on the area you plan to fish. In some areas of the country, crappie tend to be larger than others. More so, you have to look at the current conditions as well. A larger fish will need more food available to them and more room to swim. If conditions are poor, they will tend to be smaller. For many areas, catching a two or three pounder is excellent. In fact, when you consider the grand scale of things, three pounds for a crappie is pretty good.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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