Selecting the right crappie rod is extremely important to catching good crappie. Crappie often bite more like perch than they do big game fish, so sensitivity in the rod (especially the rod tip) is significant. The most important thing about getting a rod that will be the most effective in crappie fishing is to think lightweight. Getting an ultralight to lightweight model is the first and foremost thing you want to look for when you are looking to add rod specifically to your crappie tackle.
Crappie Rod Length
When you are thinking about the length of the crappie fishing rod you need, think long. When you are fishing crappie, you are usually going to be using a vertical jigging technique (often with crappie jigs) to attract the fish. So if you have a long, lightweight, sensitive rod then you can easily move the bait around as you are jigging. This will provide better action for your crappie lures, and give you a better chance at catching the fish.
I would consider at least a 6 foot rod, and possibly going all the way up to a 10 foot pole. This length of rod is going to get you out there where the fish hangout, under brush and cover in the water. Then you can commence jigging in a location that is much closer to where the fish are.
Types of Crappie Rods
There are 3 main types of rods to consider when looking for a crappie rod. Those 3 are the telescoping rod, the sectioned rod and the fixed rod.
The telescoping rod is very compact, and you can quite possibly get your entire rod and reel combination to fit within a tackle box or action packer. This is especially nice if you are taking the family or friends out, and need to haul a lot of fishing tackle. The disadvantage is if you are fishing, and the rod closes up accidentally on you.
The sectioned rod is the one most often seen in stores, and it can be broken down to help in transportation. This rod doesn’t have any problem folding up on you, but it may twist on you, depending on how aggresive you are fishing.
The last is the fixed rod, and it is the best for fishing. But the obvious downside is that because it doesn’t fold up in any way, hauling it around may be challenging. But once you get to your spot, it is nearly maintenance-free.
So the bottom line here is, when you are looking to go crappie fishing, and need a good crappie rod, think lightweight, long, and whether convenience of travel or ease of maintenance is more important to you. Once you have those points ironed out, then go shopping. My opinion still is that the Shakespeare Ugly Stik is the best rod out there, but Berkley’s Lightning rod is certainly good as well.