Getting Hooked

What is the best way to use minnow as a fishing bait?

One of the best ways to use minnows for bait is to get a large glass jar, punch some small holes in top, and tie a line to it. Now, fill it with lake water and put 6-12 minnows in it, and lower it a few feet into the water. Lightly hook a minnow on your hook and lower it into the water near the jar. The minnows will attract crappie to your location.

Another great ‘trick’ is to take a pair of fingernail clippers and very carefully, clip a very small piece of fin from the the bottom tail-fin of a minnow. Now hook the minnow lightly and lower it into likely spots. The minnow will swim erratically, driving crappie insane.

The last rrick takes two rods. Rig one up with a lightly-hooked minnow under a light sinker and a bobber. Cast this one out to a good spot and let it sit. Now, rig the other rod with a small spinner or crank-bait. Cast this out beyond the bobber and reel it towards the minnow quickly. To a crappie, this looks like a small upstart fish trying to take a meal that rightly belongs to the crappie. This is an irresistible challenge to any self-respecting predator.

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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