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Texas Crappie Fishing

Crappie are easily the most popular game fish in the state of Texas. This is for a number of reasons, mainly the sheer amount of crappie available in Texas, and the undeniable great taste of their flaky white meat.

Texas waters and fish are maintained and enhanced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They also run several special programs such as the Sharelunker program, and educational programs.

Rules and Restrictions

Like other states, you are required to purchase a license before fishing in Texas waters. You can pick up a license at goods stores, gun shops, department stores, discount stores, bait and tackle shops, grocery stores, and many other types of stores. Additionally, you may also purchase fishing licenses online through their website. If you plan on fishing commercially, you will have to visit the Austin Texas Parks and Wildlife Office.

You are only allowed to catch a total of 25 Crappie per day total. Each Crappie you catch must be at least 10 inches long. This include Black Crappie, White Crappie, Hybrid Crappie, and any other subspecies available.

Additionally, there is a possession limit enforced as well, which is typically twice the amount of the daily limit. Since the daily limit for Crappie (no matter the type) is 25, you are only allowed to possess a total of 50 Crappie at a time. This rules does not apply if the fish is stored at your permanent residence. This just means that if you are on a fishing trip or at a fishing camp, you cannot have more then 50 there.

White Crappie

White Crappie are widely found in most bodies of water throughout Texas

White Crappie are known by a variety of common names, such as White Crappie, White Perch, Sac-a-lait. The scientific name is Pomoxis Annularis.

You can identify white crappie by closely examining their bodies. While White Crappie and Black Crappie are very similar, there are two very different characteristics. The white crappie is deep-bodied and silvery in color, ranging from silvery-white on the belly to a silvery-green or even dark green on the back. There are several vertical bars on the sides. The dorsal fin has a maximum of six spines.

The State Record for White Crappie is 4 pounds, 9 ounces. White Crappie also prefer water temperatures of 68 to 72 Degrees. White Crappie prefer darker, murky waters, with ample amounts of cover available.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. Get more information on Texas crappie fishing here: