2. Lake Fork, Texas


“Lake Fork has been producing limits of crappie for many years,” said Wally Marshall. “Matter of fact, I was the first crappie guide on Lake Fork back in the 1980s. In those early years, Lake Fork was loaded with black crappie. Fishing the bridge pilings was money, and those black crappie swarmed under the shade of the bridges making it easy to catch limits daily.

“Now, the tide has turned on Lake Fork, as it’s full of big white crappie along with some nice black crappie still in the mix. White crappie tend to hang on the visible timber, submerged timber and brush piles. Black crappie like to hang on the grass lines, brush piles and bridges. Lake Fork has it all, and you can target crappie with just about every technique in the book. Whether you like vertical jigging timber, casting to cover, shooting docks or slow trolling, it’s easy to see why Lake Fork is tops on my list.”

“Lake Fork is on the top of my list for a reason,” Kevin Rogers said. “There is no other lake like it for catching giant crappie. They absolutely smash jigs harder than any crappie in the country. My theory surrounding Lake Fork is the crappie spend their lives hiding, running and swimming away from those giant 10-pound Texas largemouth bass. In turn, this makes them tough and mean! From February through May, it’s, hands down, my No. 1 lake, and it’s still impressive the rest of the year too!”