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What's considered a big one? #13631051 07/15/20 01:01 AM
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I am quite new to crappie fishing but have tournament bass fished for many years.

I have started taking my young children crappie fishing hoping that we can generate more bites for them to get them interested.

I know this is a subjective question based on location and opinion but what categorizes as a quality crappie? Maybe of the equivalent of a 6lbs bass. What is a trophy crappie? Maybe the equivalent of a 10lb bass.

I presume this is mainly determined by length but I presume weight could be used as well.

I'm not sure why I need to know this info, just was curious.

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I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.


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Originally Posted by bush hog
I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.



I’d say this is spot on

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Originally Posted by bush hog
I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.


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Another subjective question.

What would you define as a good day crappie fishing?

I have been purposely crappie fishing a half dozen times. Each time, myself and one other person with me will catch 20-40 keepers in 3-4 hours. I feel like we could be doing other things to be catching more or bigger ones but I dont know how to gauge if we are having a good day or not.

Do you expect to limit out every time out? If so, what type of timeframe do you expect to accomplish that?

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Originally Posted by John A.
Another subjective question.

What would you define as a good day crappie fishing?
myself and one other person with me will catch 20-40 keepers in 3-4 hours


You did good ... that is a good day, unless you would rather be at work, or mowing the lawn!


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Originally Posted by John A.
Another subjective question.

What would you define as a good day crappie fishing?

I have been purposely crappie fishing a half dozen times. Each time, myself and one other person with me will catch 20-40 keepers in 3-4 hours. I feel like we could be doing other things to be catching more or bigger ones but I dont know how to gauge if we are having a good day or not.

Do you expect to limit out every time out? If so, what type of timeframe do you expect to accomplish that?

You’re a natural. If very trip goes like that, you’re golden.

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A good day is most any day on the water. I had the good fortune to catch a couple of 3 pounders as a kid. One on a minow out of Cedar Creek fishing with my dads buddy. Didnt think it was anything special, but he must of told me a dozen times " if you ever wanted to mount a crappie, that's the one".
A few years later, I caught another 3 on Ray Bob on a 10" ring worm.fishing for bass. I still recall my thoughts. Damn, it's not a bass but this will sure eat well.
Fast forward 30 years and I would kill for either of those fish. I primarily fish Lewisville. If I could land a 2.5 pounder, I would place it on my wall. If on Ray Bob, Fork, Palestine or LOP, I believe it would take 3 or better to make the wall.
Bodies of water seam to have a range. What it takes to get me excited is to be near the top of that range. Just my 2 cents.


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Thank you all for the info.

I always hear stories of how someone catches a 4 man limit in an hour and whatnot and never know what the standard is.

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Originally Posted by bush hog
I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.


I would bump up a 3 pound crappie to be equivalent to a traditional 13 pound ShareLunker bass. There are not a lot of 3 pound crappie that have been weighed on certified scales. This fish was one ounce shy of 3 pounds. It was very thick and 17.0 inches long. I could almost put my fist in its mouth. I have only caught a few crappie this size in half a century of fishing.

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I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.


I would bump up a 3 pound crappie to be equivalent to a traditional 13 pound ShareLunker bass. There are not a lot of 3 pound crappie that have been weighed on certified scales. This fish was one ounce shy of 3 pounds. It was very thick and 17.0 inches long. I could almost put my fist in its mouth. I have only caught a few crappie this size in half a century of fishing.

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If I catch a fish that big I’m heading to Bass Pro with it to let them put it in their fish tank for all to enjoy.


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I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.


I would bump up a 3 pound crappie to be equivalent to a traditional 13 pound ShareLunker bass. There are not a lot of 3 pound crappie that have been weighed on certified scales. This fish was one ounce shy of 3 pounds. It was very thick and 17.0 inches long. I could almost put my fist in its mouth. I have only caught a few crappie this size in half a century of fishing.

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All lakes are not equal in size or numbers. Many lakes cycle over years of having lots of fish or bigger fish.
2lb crappie are rare in most lakes , 3 lb are super rare.


My biggest is 2:78 , I would love to break 3,,

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Originally Posted by Osbornfishing
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I would say a 2 pound crappie would be equivalent to a 6 pound bass and a 3 pound would rate as a 10 pound bass. Crappie don't have near the lifespan as a bass does so they grow off really well if they have plenty of food. I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion.


I would bump up a 3 pound crappie to be equivalent to a traditional 13 pound ShareLunker bass. There are not a lot of 3 pound crappie that have been weighed on certified scales. This fish was one ounce shy of 3 pounds. It was very thick and 17.0 inches long. I could almost put my fist in its mouth. I have only caught a few crappie this size in half a century of fishing.

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