When you begin looking into crappie fishing, you may have noticed the wide range of bait available. One mistake fisherman make is getting comfortable with one type of bait, and sticking with it. While some types of bait may catch crappie year round, chances are there will be times when another bait would work better. The key is to experiment with different types of bait, whether it be changing the color of Jig you are using, or going for live bait rather then artificial.
Your choice of bait should be based on the area in which you are fishing, what season you are fishing in, and the weather at the time of fishing. Crappie will be attracted to different types of bait depending on the current situation they are in.
Nothing will work better for Crappie fishing then the bait that the fish on a daily basis. Crappie will always respond to the bait they know before responding to artificial bait.
The first thing you must do is find out what the Crappie in your area eat. While minnows is always your best bet, there may be a more predominate bait fish in the water, such as shad. Many states have websites or phone numbers you can call to find out more information about water conditions and the fish in the water. By using these resources, you can educate yourself and save time experimenting with different types of live bait.
While frozen bait is available and will work, when using real bait, the best way to catch crappie is to use live bait. By placing the live bait on the hook through the rear body near the tail, live bait will live for a small amount of time after being placed on the hook. This allows the bait to move and swim, attracting the crappie.
One thing is for sure, live bait will catch Crappie, or die trying.
Popular Artificial Bait
The most popular artificial bait available is the jig. Thousands of varieties of jigs are available. While some fishermen swear by a certain type, color, or size, the smart fisherman’s tackle box contains a variety. Each unique situation you find yourself in should warrant a different type of jig.
Bodies – The body of the jig comes in a variety of types including rubber, plastic, marabou, hair, rubber bands, floss, tinsel, chenille, and many other types of materials.
Tails – curly tails, ripple tails, broad tails and triple tails
Heads – lead heads, floating heads, diving heads and standing heads.
Colors – while thousand of colors are available, the most popular colors for fishing is yellow, pinks, greens, white, and blues. Clear jigs, Glitter jigs, and even multicolored jigs are available as well.