In Missouri, crappie fishing is an activity that’s as near and dear to many anglers as any other outdoors pastime. Angler surveys show crappie are among the most fished-for sportfish in the state.
People can learn more about how to hook this popular fish at the free Missouri Department of Conservation program “Crappie Fishing for Beginners” scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, located at 4601 South Nature Center Way in Springfield, Missouri.
Shane Bush, MDC fisheries biologist, and Alan Reed, MDC naturalist, will discuss crappie characteristics, lure options and fishing techniques for different seasons of the year.
The program is designed for participants ages 10 and older.
People can register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417.888.4237 to get more information.Missouri is home to two types of crappie: black crappie and white crappie. Black crappie are silver with an irregular pattern of dark speckles, while white crappie, also called “papermouth,” “bachelor perch” or just “crappie,” are silver with 5 to 10 often faint vertical bars.
Missourians can fish for crappie year-round with a state fishing permit, available for $12 from a large number of retailers and outfitters.
More information about crappie fishing in Missouri is also available at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/species/crappie.