6560 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Lyman's on the Lake

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Crappies come in two kinds: Black and White. The two species may be distinguished from each other by the dorsal spines: the Black Crappie has seven or eight while the White Crappie normally has six. Crappies move in schools and range widely over lakes, impoundments, and deeper streams. They don't seem to mind turbid or cloudy water.

The limit on Crappie is a quantity of 25 in any combination of the following species; black and white crappies, bluegill, green and hybrid sunfish, longear, pumpkinseed, redear, rock bass and warmouth.
There is NO size restriction.


Crappies will take a variety of natural baits, but prefer small minnows. Best artificial baits are Pinkies, streamers, spinners, small spoons, twisters, poppers, and high-riding hair flies. If using a cane pole, anglers recommend a long monofilament leader, one or two hooks tied near the bottom, and enough weight to get the bait down to the needed depth. Hooks should be No. 6 to No. 10, and line should be 2- to 6-pound test. With this gear, using either cane pole or spinning rod, try drifting across a lake in early morning or just about dark on any summer eve. Fish from 10 to 20 feet deep. If you catch a Crappie, anchor and keep fishing. Use a landing net because Crappies have thin mouths, which are easily torn. If drift fishing in the evening or at night, use pork rind, a strip of perch meat, or a bucktail fly skittered over the surface. If trolling try Flatfish or small spoons.