Crappie Lures

What kind of crappie lures should I use?

There are several different artificial lures you can use to catch both the White Crappie and Black Crappie. Each of these two species has similar behavior patterns and can be found in similar habitats. Most fishing techniques will work well for each of these species. The most widely used and in my opinion best artificial lure for Crappie is the jig. The key thing to consider is color. Crappies have large yellow eyes that are particularly sensitive to the sun and reflections. For that reason different color pattern seem to work best with this species of fish. I have found that pink jigs work best with chartreuse colored jigs a close second. Pink jigs for Crappie are so popular in fact they are referred to as “pinkies” by those fishing for Crappie. I like to very the color of the jig body to keep in contrast with the jig head. My preferred combination is using a pink jig head with a white jig body. I will sometimes change the jig body to chartreuse or another contrasting color but always try to stick with a pink jig head. If I do switch the high head color I will then make the body pink. I prefer jig bodies made of plastic but without twister tails. If jig fishing is not you preferred method of fishing you can also use small spinners effectively. I like to occasionally use the Mepps “0” spinners. Without a doubt all of these choice are best used in conjunction with light line, no heavier than six pound test strength.


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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