What jig should I use for crappie fishing?

There are so many jigs to choose from. What weight, color, style should I get for fishing crappie in lakes?

Ask several people what the right jig for crappie fishing is and you are likely to have many different answers.  The fact is that the crappie will react in different ways, depending on where you are fishing, when you are fishing and simply what they decide to react to.  There is no exact science here!


There are some good options to consider, though.  For example, with jig color, start out by taking notice of your weather and the type of water you have.  In water that is clearer, you want to consider the most natural looking jigs possible and colors like gray and silver work the best for that.  Think about the glint of the silver under the water and how it will catch the eye of the fish.  When the water is darker, though, color does not have reflective abilities.  Instead, go for bright colors such as a hot pink or bright green jig.  Even in dark, murky water, the crappie will notice them and make a move for them.


As for the weight of the jib, this is up to the fish you are after.  For a good start, look for 1/16 and 1/32 ounce jig options.  Test them out. If you do not get the response that you want, adjust the weight some.  Also, consider the type of crappie you are fishing for.  Some anglers believe that even larger crappie are still seeking out the smaller jig. 


The bottom line is that crappie are picky little (or big) guys and can react to different jigs. 

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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