For the panfish addict, springtime is crappie time. We're at that point in the year when dreams of the spawn begin to fill our minds like a live well after a day of limits.
To help you prepare for the black and white fray from the riprap and backwaters, we've compiled a list of the 12 best states projected to hold some of the hottest crappie action this year.
For these 12 states (listed alphabetically), we asked local experts to provide some of their top picks for the best crappie waters and share the tips you'll need to catch their tasty slabs.
Click on the states below to get the complete crappie forecast and then gear up for a season of full stringers:
9. South Carolina
7. North Carolina
4. Kansas & Nebraska