The Best Way to Rig for Crappie

The Best Way to Rig for Crappie
Crappie fishing is just plain fun, and folks of just about every age can join in. For years, crappie have often been the first fish caught by many children and may be found in ponds, lakes, stream and even small rivers. Crappie will take a variety of baits, they are typically abundant and, pound-for-pound, put on one of the best fights around for a game fish. A rig for catching crappie is easy to assemble and will help get you on your way to loads of fun.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod or pole
  • Mono filament fishing line
  • Barrel swivel
  • Small worm or bait hook (No. 4 or 6)
  • Snips
Step 1
Cut 2 feet of line from the end of the main fishing line. Use a pair of snips to cut a 2-foot length of line that will be used as a leader.
Step 2
Tie a barrel swivel to the main line. The barrel swivel will feature two line eyes connected by a rotating barrel swivel in the middle. Use a clinch knot to attach the line to one of the line eyes.
Step 3
Tie the clinch knot by passing 3 to 4 inches of the line through the eye of the swivel. Wrap the free, or tag, end of the line around the main line for 6 to turns. Feed the end of the line down and through the small loop formed above the line eye of the swivel. Moisten the knot, pull tight and trim any excess with snips.
Step 4
Tie one end of the 2-foot length to the line eye on the opposite end of the swivel. Use the line that was cut from the main line earlier. Attach the leader to the swivel using another clinch knot.
Step 5
Feed the free end of the leader through the eye of the hook. There should be between 12 and 16 inches of line between the hook and barrel swivel to serve as the leader. Use a clinch knot to secure the leader to the hook.

Tips & Warnings

Do not attach weight to the leader or main line. Allow the weight of the bait to slowly work with the current.
This is a great go-to rig for those times when crappie seem to turn off and won't bite anything.
This rig is also ideal for kids as it is easy to assemble, requires no weight and often results in attracting numbers of crappie.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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