Bait for Crappie

Stay Natural

If you use the minnow, you must hook it so that it can swim around. What you are trying to achieve by using live bait is presenting the bait as naturally as you can to simulate the fish in its natural habitat and motion. If you throw a dead fish in the water, the crappie will have little interest in the bait. If you throw a live minnow in the water that can swim around without flopping aimlessly, the crappie will see the food and come.

Hooking the minnow is important as well. If you plan on trolling or casting a lot, you should hook the minnow through the bottom lip first, coming up through the upper lip with the tip of the hook pointed upwards. This helps keep the minnow swimming in an upwards position instead of swimming backwards or sideways in the water. If you will fish with a weight or a float, hook the minnow through the back, but miss the spine or the fish will not move around at all. By doing this, the minnow can still swim naturally and attract the crappies.

The last way to hook the minnow is through the tail. This allows the minnow to swim around naturally and attract the fish. The one thing that you must remember when baiting the hook is to keep the minnow alive and swimming in the most natural of all positions. For some reason, the crappies know when a fish is swimming the right way and the wrong way. The crappies will bite the minnow that looks as if it is in a natural state.

In conclusion, if you want to fish crappies, you can use live bait such as minnows or ion some cases, crickets. The only thing that you must remember about live bait is that you must keep it alive and as natural as possible when presenting it to the crappies. If you find yourself with dead bait, you should get some live bait before wasting your time. Sure, the crappie may take the dead bait, but the chance of that is slight and you could end up with no catches, but a lot of dead bait that you will have to get rid of before returning home.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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