Manitoba’s best kept secret? For a species that was once an anonymous catch, the crappie has become a mainstream megastar that persuades masses of anglers to pursue its prized potential. And for good reason, when you combine the brawling abilities of a bass, the edible qualities of a walleye and the shocking appearance of an oversized trout, you expose a remarkable panfish that readily offers an unforgettable angling experience.
The secret is out on Manitoba’s celebrity slabs! With favourable fisheries amongst the Eastern and Central Plains Pembina Region, the black crappie has matured into a popular and accessible angling option that yields opportunities at 15 inch plus hawgs throughout the open and hard water seasons!
Angling opportunities for black crappie are popular during the open water months of May to October and during the hard water months of December, January and March.
Top producing fisheries include Caddy Lake, North Cross Lake, South Cross Lake, Sailing Lake, Lake Minnewasta and Mary Jane Reservoir.
Manitoba Record: Caught in Lake Winnipeg, measuring 43.18 cm (17″)
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