Jigging For Crappies

I’ve been jigging for Crappies but can’t seem to catch them unless I hold the jig perfectly still. I’ve tried jigging a couple different ways but it doesn’t seem to work – am I doing something wrong?

You are not doing anything wrong.  There is more than one way to jig for crappie, and most experts recommend that you find the solution that works best for you.  Some anglers have more success with a jigging motion, while others catch the big ones letting the jig be perfectly still.  If you don’t like this technique, you may simply reevaluate your location or the type of jig you’re using.


While jigs come in so many different combinations and use is according to personal preference, I find that a 1/32 ounce jig head with a #2 hook is a great choice because the weight is a good all purpose weight, and the hook is oversized so that I can bring in the big slabs.  I like to knot it on and put in on my favorite chartreuse tube so that it is similar to hooking a worm but works better in action.  I also like to fish with a long pole, dropping the jig into a brushy area or around trees, logs, or even manmade cover.


If you find yourself out just before or just after spawning season, you can try other tactics as well.  For example, you may like backing out of the brushy area, casting your jig to the edge of the cover, and retrieving it.  The movement through the water in this fashion could be just the trick you need to get the crappie biting again.  Trolling with your jig through deep water in the dead of summer can also be an effective tactic.


If none of these suggestions work for you, then I suggest sticking with what works – hold the jig still and wait for the bite!

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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