When crappie start to head for shallow waters to spawn somewhere around early April, many anglers begin to head for the coves of area lakes. Trout and black bass may get much of the fishing publicity in Missouri, but angler surveys show crappie are among the most sought-after sportfish in the state. Part of the reason for crappie’s appeal is their eagerness to take a lure. They’re also great table fare.
People can learn more about crappie at the free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Crappie Fishing for Beginners” on March 15 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The program will be 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Missouri is home to two types of crappie; white crappie (Pomoxis annularis) and black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus). Both can be found in reservoirs throughout the state, but white crappie tend to be more abundant in most areas.
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