Crappie

Crappie on Clark Lake in Nisswa, MN

Crappie are great for all ages young and old

Clark Lake is managed as a crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and northern pike lake. The crappie action can be great and pretty easy for anglers of all skill levels. The weed beds provide outstanding cover for the crappie. Look for the crappie in shallower water in the spring, and deeper in the summer on the edge of the weed bed with access to deeper water. Ice fishing in the winter provides even more fun. Look for them at a variety of depths, and bring your vexilar flasher to locate them.

Minnows work well for crappie as well as small jigs and plastic grubs of all types. They bite lightly and have soft mouths, often referred to as “paper mouths”. Set the hook firmly, but don’t over do it as you can rip the lure right out of their mouths.

Crappie make excellent table fare with their flaky white flesh. A pot of deep fried crappie fillets are hard to beat in my book.

Crappies on Clark Lake vary in sizes. You’ll find some smaller ones in the 5 to 6 inch ranges, and some bigger ones in the 11 to 12 inch range, but most of them in the 7 to 10 inch slot. The action can be really hot if you find a school of them. Bring your ultra-light action rods and reels and light line for a week’s worth of fun fishing crappie on Clark Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area near Nisswa, MN.