Tips

Favorite Crappie Lures

I love to bass fish, but catching crappies is a very close second. There are three things that I really enjoy about crappie fishing; First, the techniques for catching them is almost identical to bass fishing, second, you can catch a lot more of them, and last, they are great to eat.

image

Anyone who has fished with me knows that I am not a very patient fisherman. I like lures that I can fish fast, and cover a lot of water. Once I locate a school of crappies, then I will slow down long enough to thoroughly work the area. Here are some of my favorite crappie lures.

The Strike King Shad Pole is a fairly new crappie lure on the market. The little ball on the tail moves at every little twitch of the rod. It’s a great minnow imitator.

image

The Charlie Brewer’s Crappie Slider Grub is another great lure. The paddle tail of this lure gives off a ton of vibration. It looks just like a minnow swimming through the water.

image

Hair Jigs are great at catching all kinds of fish. I like to use them two different ways. One way is with a bobber and continually jigging it back to the boat. The other way is letting it sink slowly while twitching the rod tip. The hairs on the bait give off a lot of subtle action that fish can’t refuse.  Check out my post about how to make homemade hair jigs here.

image

Tube Jigs have been around for as long as I know, but they are hard to beat for catching crappies. These little lures work with a very light jig head and are probably my all time favorite crappie lures.

image

 

Tips

Homemade Hair Jigs

There is nothing like catching a fish on a homemade lure. Taking hair from a deer tail and making it look appetizing for a fish is pretty cool.

image.jpeg

My family has been tying crappie and white bass jigs for many years. My dad and uncle are really good at it, but I like to tie a few myself when I run low on a certain color. The fish really don’t care if the jigs look perfect.

image

The nice thing about hair jigs is they catch all species of fish. I have caught fish on very small 1/32 ounce hair jigs to 1/2 ounce hair jigs. Big hair jigs have become very popular on the bass fishing scene recently. Crappie fisherman have been utilizing this great lure for years.

image.jpeg

If you want to tie your own hair jigs here are few items that you will need:

  1. Lead, molds, and hooks to make the jig heads.
  2. Paint or nail polish for to paint the heads
  3. Deer tail hair
  4. Thread
  5. Jig vise

image

I  fished  Lake Shafer today and I caught 6 different species of fish on my hand tied hair jigs. If you want one lure that can catch any fish in the lake, then a hair jig would be my choice. They also catch big fish too.