If you follow these easy crappie fishing guidelines you’ll be able to increase your consistency of catching crappie. In-fact, you may never use live bait again. Please refer to the guidelines below these are some of the oldest crappie fishing secrets and have been handed down from father to son for years.
Guideline#1 Water clarity determines what kind of crappie fishing jig you want to use.
#1.a Look into the body of water you are fishing and if you can see 3-4 feet below the surface, the water is considered clear and you will want to use dark colored crappie jigs. Crappie can see very well in clear water so you need to spice up the movement of your jig in these water conditions. You need to “entice” the crappie to hit your crappie fishing jig.
#1.b if the water color is darker and you can’t see 3-4 feet below the surface use a lighter colored lure so the the crappie can see it. Make sure you ad this tip to your artificial crappie baits usage list.
#1.c Real dark and murky water means use some “flash” to make your crappie jig look like a minnow. Tie a 1/2 inch to 1 inch blade above the crappie fishing jig.
Guideline#2 I recommend you use a slip bobber, you can a good one to use is called “Mr crappie and you can purchase them at bass pro shop on-line. The slip bobber is unique because it will not come out of the water when you are jigging for crappie. this is a little used crappie fishing secret form the past.
Guideline#3 Place a small “split shot sinker” right above your slip bobber, this will control the depth of your crappie fishing jig. You want to work the depths between 4 and 8 feet. you can do this by readjusting the depth by sliding the “split shot sinker up or down the line until you get to your desired depth. Keep working these depths until you start catching crappie.
Guideline#4 “Pop” or jerk your slip bobber so it makes a 3 to 4 inch movement through the water, make sure you do this gently.
Guideline#5 If you do not get any bites, adjust the depth. The colder it gets, the deeper you will need to go. The warmer it is, the closer the fish will be to the surface. This is a little used fishing secret.
Well, I hope the guidelines help you improve your crappie jigging success in the future, good luck and good day!