What crappie supplies do I need?

What crappie supplies do I need?

If you are planning on crappie fishing, you can get by with just a few items in the tackle box such as spoons, jigs and rods and reels, test line and some live bait. Whether you are a beginner or have been fishing other fish, you have to know that crappie fishing is a little different from fishing for other fish such as walleyes, catfish and pike. You will use a different technique and presentation than you are used to for other fish. You can use a hair jig or 1/8 ounce jig to catch crappies in any water. If you are fishing waters that are covered in weed beds, you may need more tackle just in case you lose it in the weeds, which happens to even the best anglers. You can use a graphite rod about six to seven feet long. The test line should be about two to three pounds and the spinning reel is the best to use. The rod should be lightweight, but heavy enough for you to feel the bite. If you are fishing waters that you don’t know, you may wish to include a fish locator in your choice of fishing gear. Most lakes will have maps that show you where the underwater structures are located, but a locator can help in more ways. You can see where the baitfishes are and make a decision where to start your fishing. You can troll, drift, cast or use the vertical drop to attract a 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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