What is the best type of pole to use for crappie fishing?

So many poles on the market, what type of pole should I use, and what are the benefits?

There are plenty of great crappie fishing poles on the market, but there are many that are lacking in several ways, too.  It can be overwhelming to find the right solution.  Here are some important tips that can help you.


Consider a limber crappie pole.  This helps provide you with better results in papermouths.  It looks short, as they are about 2 ½ feet long, and it will have a smaller looking reel.  Pick it up and swish it through the air like a sword.  It feels like a ten foot pole now!  Even better for crappie fishing is to combine this type of pole with a number long shank hook at the end.  Add a split shot at six inches above the hook.  To use it, simply add a minnow and cast for a vertical fishing experience.  You’ll appreciate the experience.


There are other crappie poles that can be used well, too including those made of graphite and telescopic jigging poles.  Another option to consider is the old fashioned cane poles.  For those that want the best jigging benefit, then telescopic poles are usually the best result.  Some will offer reels that are built into the rod handle.  Or, consider the longer crappie poles.  These are usually multi piece models and you will need to assemble for use.


In most cases, the crappie fishing pole that you use is only as good as the angler.  Therefore, select the type of pole that suits you the best and is what you enjoy fishing with. 

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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