Best jig weight and color for Crappie fishing

I’d like to try jigging for Crappie but to be honest I’m overwhelmed by the choices. What is the best jig weight and color for this type of fish?

Jigging for Crappie is a great way of fishing for a great fish to catch but there is no documented guidlines to what weight and color of jig to catch that elusive Crappie. Below is a few helpful tips so you can decide for yourself.

With jig color it all depends on the weather and water type you are fishing so if you are fishing in clear waters on a sunny day you should go for natural looking colors like grays or silver. Silver is normally the best to choose as it catches the summer light and gives a good reflection that can add to your chances of catching those Crappie.

If you are fishing dark waters then bright colors are the way to go, hot pink, red, bright green, these will entice the Crappie to bite as they will notice your jig in the murky depths. It is also best practise to fish during the midday sun in dark waters as the water blocks out the sunlight.

On a day where it is overcast and there is not much sunlight it can pay to use a color that represents the habitat they are in so try using browns, greens and grays, you can also try using mixed color jigs which are a mix of dark and bright colors.

If you decide night fishing is the type of fishing you enjoy then try using the mix of dark and bright lures while fishing under a light off a dock as this will really get the Crappie going.

For weight you could try a 1/16 or 1/32 ounce jig to try and catch a few, but I will say there is no definate to what you can catch off different weights, although some people suggest that bigger Crappie like smaller jigs.


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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