Crappie belong to the centrarchidae family, also known as panfish. Crappie is a popular sport fish in the U.S. and has a large distribution throughout the southeastern, midwestern and eastern states, with a smaller distribution through some of the western states. Fishermen are known to have varying opinions on what works best to catch crappie, but most are in agreement about certain lures.
Mizmo Tube Jigs
According to the anglers at Crappie Fishing 101, tube jigs are among the most popular and best lures for crappie. The Mizmo 1.5-inch Specs is the most popular crappie lure on the market. The Mizmo 1.5-inch Tracers, Mizmo 1.75-inch Earthtones and Mizmo 1.5-inch Dusters are also recommended.
Cabela's Outfitters make their own lines of lures. The Cabela's Rigged Minnow Tubes, in the 1/8-ounce jig-head with 1/0 hook, makes the top 10 list at Crappie Fishing 101. This lure is easy to remove off bush and snags, and stores well, with many uses before it needs replacing.
Southern Pro Lures
Southern Pro makes crappie tube jigs, and two of them made the top 10 list at Crappie Fishing 101. The Southern Pro Lit'l Hustler and Pro Crappie tube jigs are recommended. They are available in multiple color schemes and withstand many uses before needing replacement.
Curly Tail Grubs and Spinners
The fishermen at Crappie.com report success using the curly-tailed grub lures. They report using a 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-inch curly-tail grub lure with a 1/8- to 1/64-ounce jig-head, depending on depth and location. Experiment with different setups for your lake. Crappie.com also reports success using spinners like a small willow leaf blade or a beetle spin.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.