Top Ten Jigs for Crappie Fishing

Top Ten Jigs for Crappie FishingA good selection of crappie jigs will produce fish in a variety of water conditions. It should include subtle choices for picky fish and aggressive jigs for active fish. These jigs are fished using a variety of methods and can be enhanced with the addition of live bait or scent attractants. They come in diverse sizes and color combinations and will catch fish all year long.

Berkley Gulp Alive! Minnows

Berkley Gulp Alive! Minnows, are biodegradable, lifelike soft plastics and made of natural products. The 2 1/2-inch size is the best choice for crappie. Fish them on any style jig head with just enough weight to get them down. This minnow constantly emits scent while in the water and attracts fish from great distances.


Exude Curly Tail Grubs

Exude Curly Tail Grubs, by Mr. Twister, are a modern take on a classic crappie jig. They feature the same action as the original curly tail in a scented version. Available in 1- and 2-inch sizes and eight different colors, they can be fished on any round painted jig head from 1/16 oz. to ¼ oz.

Squirmin' Squirts Tube Jigs

Squirmin' Squirts tube jigs, by Bass Pro Shops, have a hollow body to insert a slim weighted tube jig head. They have undulating tentacles and are impregnated with salt. These jigs are designed to get fish to hold the jig longer, resulting in more successful hook sets. The 1 1/2-inch size is perfect for crappie and they are available in a wide array of colors.

Jigging Rapalas

When jigged through the ice, the Jigging Rap, by Rapala, swings like a pendulum and makes slow circles. Many anglers tip the bottom hook with a small amount of bait for added effectiveness. Fish it 6 inches to 1 foot off the bottom and be aware that crappie will often "lift" this jig. The W2, W3, and W5 sizes are appropriate for crappie.

Foxee Jigs

Foxee Jigs, by Blue Fox are offered in three sizes and eight color choices. Two types of jig heads are available. The stand up jig head keeps the hook off the bottom reducing snags, while the bullet head design keeps the jig in a horizontal position.


The Lindy Fuzz-E-Grub is a favorite among top crappie guides like Barry Morrow. He likes the soft body and supple marabou tail for luring big crappies out of thick brush. Fuzz-E-Grubs are available in 1 1/2- and 2-inch sizes. Jig heads from 1/8 oz. to ¼ oz are appropriate for crappie. They can be fished plain or tipped with a minnow, worm or other bait.

Marabou Jigs

Marabou jigs are made by several manufactures in the fishing industry. The marabou skirts pulsate in the water creating movement with very little effort. They can be found in almost any color combination and are effective in sizes from 1/32 oz. to ¼ oz.

Road Runners

The Original Blakemore Road Runner jig head has been around for generations. Its design keeps the blade from interfering with your line during the retrieve. This jig produces flash and vibration that can help crappie locate the jig in murky water conditions. Pair it with your favorite soft plastic or fish it with a live minnow.

The Original Beetle Spin

The Original Beetle Spin, by Johnson, has been a popular choice among crappie fishermen for almost 50 years. It has a simple design and is available in numerous body colors with either a silver or gold spinner. The spinner can be easily removed when a subtle presentation is required.

Panfish Spinner Jigs

Blue Fox Panfish Spinner Jigs are available in either 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. sizes and in eight realistic patterns. The paddle tail design and spinner produce plenty of vibration to attract aggressive crappie. The lure's head features a holographic foil that adds to its appeal.


Article Written By Nicholas Coppola

Nicholas Coppola has been a professional in the fly fishing industry for more than a decade. He graduated from State University of New York at Potsdam with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to work as a professional fly fishing guide. Coppola began writing professionally for Demand Studios in 2010.

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