For anyone looking to get into crappie fishing, using crappie jigs when you first start out is almost a must. Crappie jigs are the most proven, time tested bait for crappie fishing. Trust me, when you throw these lures in an area where the crappie are, you are almost sure to do very, very well. OK, so let’s get into just exactly what jigs to use, what colors work the best for different situations, and the “technique” for catching fish with this great lure.
The Top Crappie Jigs Available
If you are just starting out, don’t buy anything else except Marabou Jigs, especially if you are on a budget. The marabou jig has produced more great crappie fishing than any other lure on the market today. Marabou jigs are comprised of a jig head, and a hair, chenille, tinsel, or feather body and tail. Start off using a 1/8 ounce or 1/16 ounce marabou in a white, yellow or green color. If need be, you may also get some in the 1/32 ounce size, just in case.
If water clarity is an issue, or if you just want to do some experimentation, consider using Rooster Tail Jigs. Rooster tail jigs are a modified version of the marabou jig. Basically, the rooster tail jig is a marabou jig with the addition of a straight shaft style spinner blade. As you might have already guessed, adding the blade to the rig can help you when there are low light levels or murky water.
Lastly, curly tail jigs can work as well. Curly tail jigs are small, soft plastic worms with a curled tail to provide action in the water. If your other jigs are not working, you might try out the curly tail. Stick with similar sizes and colors as with the marabou jigs.
Crappie Jig Colors
As aforementioned, if you are beginner, start with the basic offerings of crappie lures at your local outdoor store. White, yellow and green/chartreuse are excellent, proven colors to begin with. These colors tend to work the best with clear water, clear weather, and good lighting conditions.
If you are fishing a stained area of water, you might want to put on a darker colored jig. Consider using black, purple, or dark green or orange. This may be the time to put on the rooster tailed jig, just to get a little more reflectivity in the water.
The Crappie Jig “Technique”
The basic idea when using crappie jigs is to drop the bait straight down to an area denoted on the fish finder as having a school of fish, and jerk your rod up, and let it down slowly, bobbing the bait up and down in front of the fish. When you first hit the fishing spot, start by fishing deep, and then jig your way up toward the top of the surface, and note about what depth you were fishing when you got the strike.
Once you have determined about how deep the fish are, concentrate on that depth until the fishing slows down. Find out more crappie fishing information to give you a better chance at catching more fish.