Crappie rigs

When jigging for Crappie do I need a certain type of rod?


     There are many special rods and reels made for crappie fishing, but whether you actually need one depends upon your fishing situation.

     If you are wading, float-tubing or in a boat during the pre-spawn, or spawn, or intend to vertical-jig exclusively, then a 10′, 11′ or 12′ multi-piece, or telescoping rod, coupled with a specialty crappie reel might be just the thing, especially in heavy cover. If you fly fish, another great option is to simply put a light, or ultra-light spinning reel on your fly rod and use it like a crappie pole. Not only can you get into tight places with this type of rig, but you can detect the lightest of hits. These rigs will work for minnows as well.

      For situations calling for casting, or heavy current, a light or ultra-light rod and reel will work fine. You can suspend one or even two jigs under a float and jig them slowly, or cast them up current and allow them to drift down-stream. The advantage to this rig is precise depth-control. A jig can also be cast out and worked back in with a slow up and down retrieve, much like fishing a plastic worm, or simply reeled in slowly.

      Crappie can be exasperatingly particular at times. They will suspend at a particular depth, require a certain retrieve, or no retrieve at all. They can be selective as to size and color as well. When crappie get picky, sometimes the addition of a scent to your jigs will turn the tide. Experimentation and knowing your water is the key. Don’t be afraid to try something new.


Happy Fishing

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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