How to Make Crappie Bait

How to Make Crappie Bait
Crappies are popular panfish that are fun to catch, and they take a variety of bait and lures. A great method of consistently catching crappies is to use a bobber or float to suspend bait in the water. Read on to learn about a crappie bait that is simple to make and attracts crappies wherever they roam.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Making the Bait

Things You’ll Need:
  • White bread
  • Berkley PowerBait
  • Fresh minnows
  • Mixing bowl
  • Water
Step 1
Tear the crusts off several pieces of white bread and place them in the bowl. This will serve as the base for the scented bait, allowing it to stay on the hook.
Step 2
Place enough water in the bowl to moisten the bread; this is the point to begin adding scented ingredients to the bait.
Step 3
Add a spoonful of moldable Berkley PowerBait to the bowl, breaking it into smaller pieces so it will mix in with the moist bread.
Step 4
Cut the fresh minnows into small chunks and add this to the mixture. Take a spoon and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Add more water if necessary to keep the mixture moist.
Step 5
Mold the mixture into small balls and place them into a plastic container until you are ready to fish. Place the balls on the hook and wait for the crappie to bite this strong-scented bait.

Tips & Warnings

Use different scents like anchovy or anise oil to give your bait a different smell. Sometimes crappies prefer a sweet smelling bait.
Be careful not to impale your hand when baiting the hook.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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