Basic Tactics for Catching Crappie

Each lake or river is different and every fish is different but some will bite on a falling jig and some will bite on a rising jig.  Some fish will only hit a jig that moves from side to side.  I suggest that you take your gear to some clear body of water, kiddy pools work and test your actions.  See how the jig sinks or rises, get a feel for how it pulls through the water.  Remember this when you are working your jig through some of the toughest brush or other shelter areas.

Some have opinions about the direction of the hook, up or down, straight tail or curly tail, green or yellow.  Sadly there is now straight answer for what is the best jig, there is no miracle jig that works everywhere and every time.  What works today may not work tomorrow and what works next to this dock or in one lake, most certainly, might not work 30 feet away or in another lake.  No one will ever have a complete collection of jigs but I suggest to start with three or four basic colors such as white, yellow, green and red or orange.  Also get a short variety of rubber and feathered jigs, don’t spend a ton of money on one particular jig but rather buy a bunch of cheap jigs that if you lose one, or two or three you won’t be heart broken over.  Most fish cannot tell the difference between a fifty cent jig and a two dollar jig. Just find ones that you are comfortable with.

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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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