12. Clear Lake, California


Clear Lake is a top destination for bass fishing out on the west coast, but it’s also one of those rare fisheries that boasts great panfish opportunities as well. Crappie fishing is not only great for numbers but also for size. Clear Lake hosts a tremendous black crappie population and has world record potential as the state record black crappie was just broke back in February 2021.

Slip bobber fishing, open water roaming fish, fishing shallow cover like weed lines, brush piles and docks can all be good for crappie. If you’re wanting to go for a 4-pound crappie, Clear Lake might be the ticket.