best crappie fishing in arkansas

BEST Crappie Fishing in Arkansas

If you’ve never fished for crappie in Arkansas then you are missing out! Crappie fishing in Arkansas is a favorite activity for many of us locals.

But first…

What are crappie?

The common name (also spelled croppie or crappé) derives from the Canadian French crapet, which refers to many different fishes of the sunfish family. Other names for crappie are papermouths, strawberry bass, speckled bass or specks (especially in Michigan), speckled perch, white perch, crappie bass, calico bass (throughout the Middle Atlantic states and New England), and Oswego bass.


I’ve done my fair share of crappie fishing and it’s one of my favorite types of fish to catch. Mostly because I feel like it’s an easy fish to catch. I’m not usually a patient fishman.

crappie fishing in arkansas

[Crappie] are highly regarded pan fish and are often considered to be among the best-tasting freshwater fish. Because of their diverse diets, crappie may be caught in many ways, including casting light jigs, trolling with minnows or artificial lures, using small spinnerbaits, or using bobbers. Crappies are also popular with ice anglers, as they are active in winter.


BEST Lakes in Arkansas for Crappie Fishing

These lakes offer some of the BEST fishing in Arkansas!

1. Lake Nimrod

The 3,550-acre Lake Nimrod is Arkansas’s oldest lake created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was formed following the 1942 completion of a dam on the Fourche LaFave River. The Ouachita National Forest borders the lake’s south shore, and State Scenic 7 Byway passes by its east end. Fishing: The lake is best known among anglers for its “slab” crappie fishing. Other major game fish available include largemouth bass, bream, catfish and white bass, but the crappie fishing is unbeatable. Several stores and bait shops along the lake sell camping, fishing and hunting supplies. –source

Lake Nimrod in Arkansas

You will find Lake Nimrod here:
3 Hwy. 7
South Plainview, AR 72857
Official Website

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2. Lake Conway

Lake Conway is a 6,700-acre lake in Arkansas. Lake Conway is the largest lake ever created by a state wildlife commission and the first to be created by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Lake Conway is located directly east of Mayflower, Arkansas, and just a few miles southeast of Conway, Arkansas. Lake Conway is home to many major sportfish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, blue catfish, and flathead catfish. –source

You will find Lake Conway here:
U.S. 65 South
Conway, AR 72032
Official Website

3. Lake Greeson

Lake Greeson is one of three lakes located in southwest Arkansas within the Ouachita River Basin.
Lake Greeson is recognized for its rich variety of game fish, which include such species as large mouth, stripped, spotted, small mouth, and white bass, flathead and channel catfish, black and white crappie, walleye, and blue gill. The tail waters of the Little Missouri River below the dam support a healthy population of rainbow trout and small mouth bass. With 7,260 surface acres of clear water it is no wonder why fishing on Lake Greeson is such a popular outdoor activity. –source

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You will find Lake Greeson here:
155 Dynamite Hill Road
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Official Website

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