Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake Fish Species - Black Crappie
KY State Record- 4 lbs, 14 oz.
TN State Record- 4 lbs. 4 oz.
Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake waters are home to white and black crappies, which are a part of the sunfish family. Because they are good to eat, crappies are a favorite fish among anglers.
Common Names: speckled perch, calico bass, papermouth
Black crappie thrive in clear ponds, natural lakes and reservoirs with moderate vegetation. Young black crappie prey on insects, plankton and larval fishes. Adult black crappie eat mainly fish, but they will also eat aquatic organisms and terrestrial insects.
SPORTING QUALITIES - Crappies are excellent game fish and are highly regarded by bait fishermen and artificial-lure anglers alike. They are easily caught during prespawning periods when the fish are congregated in large schools. Trolling with small, live minnows or a spinner-fly combination is very productive. They will also strike subsurface flies, small spinners, jigs, and tiny crankbaits. Crappies tend to suspend in midwater, so you may have to experiment to find the right depth.Fishing Techniques:
Effective bait and lures are small jigs, minnows, silver spoons, flies and spinners fished along shorelines, around submerged brush piles and near fallen trees. Fishing vertically is effective when black crappie are deep enough to tolerate a boat directly overhead. Drifting or trolling with jigs works well when crappie are roaming open waters. To attract black crappie, anglers will often sink fish hides or “hurdles” consisting of Christmas trees and other woody debris.
EATING QUALITIES - Considered to be excellent eating by many anglers. The meat is prepared by rolling in cornmeal or dipping in pancake batter and deep frying, and can also be baked or broiled.