22. Ft. Gibson / Neosho River, Oklahoma


This nearly 20,000-acre impoundment is the last lake in the Grand River Chain in Oklahoma. The lake offers black and white crappie alike with good populations of both with a slight lean towards the black crappie population. And the Neosho River is a truly unique crappie experience. 

“The Neosho river is absolutely unique,” Matt Rogers said. “The river is loaded with black crappie as well as white crappie, with minimal electronics, an individual can target laydowns, current breaks, slack water eddies, and brush piles. The fishing is always dictated by the current. So a good reminder fishing the Neosho River or any river across the Nation is to check the USGS water data sheets and charts. Use keywords when searching such as the upper lake name and location.”

The average crappie in Ft. Gibson and the Neosho River is 1 1/2 pounds. It has a ton of good sized crappie that suspend in 12 to 30 feet. So anglers can spread out and find big willing crappie ready to bite all over the lake and river.