Crappie are a freshwater game fish in the sunfish family. They can be found in all the continental states and are also called papermouth and slabs. There are two types of crappie: black and white. Black crappie are characterized by their darker hue, seven or eight dorsal spines and spotted sides. White crappie are lighter in color and have six dorsal spines with eight or nine vertical bands on the side. Black crappie are found primarily in the northern states, while the white ones are found more in the southern states.
Soft Plastic Jigs
Soft plastic jigs are productive lures to catch crappie. They are also effective for covering water as most anglers prefer to move around when looking for crappie. The soft plastic jig works because of its versatility. Anglers can use it in shallow or deep waters. These lures also come in a variety of color, size and action. It is a good idea to get a variety to change your presentation depending on the area you are fishing.
Crankbaits are also very effective for luring crappie. Crankbaits come in many shapes and styles, giving you plenty of options for a variety of fishing conditions. A 5-foot rod with a crankbait works well on small streams and creeks. A small crankbait can lure crappie easily when they are staging for spawn, especially when covering areas with submerged structures like a brush or a creek-channel bend, says Tim Lilley from Game and Fish Magazine. Aside from smaller stream fishing, an overall rig that you can use to complement ultralight crankbaits includes a light action spinning rod that is at least 6 feet long. Choose a reel that can hold 100 yards of 6-pound line.
According to Game and Fish Magazine, crappie almost never resist striking live minnows. Natural baits like minnows almost always produce desirable results for crappie anglers. Crappies feed on minnows and are naturally attracted to their movement and scent. A good tactic is to change it up sometimes. You can combine live minnows with artificial lures to turn a slow day into a productive one. You can suspend a jig under a bobber when the bite is slow or when you know the fish are spawning.
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Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.