The Best Jigs for Crappie Fishing in Ohio

The Best Jigs for Crappie Fishing in Ohio
The Midwest state of Ohio lays has many rivers and lakes, chock full of many different species of sport fish. Crappie is a popular and common sport fish found in the Ohio waterways. While crappie respond and strike on live bait, using jigs is another tried and tested method for landing this species. Knowing what jigs to use helps fill your creel on your day on the water in Ohio.

Creme Mini-Tails

Creme Mini-tail jigs in either a chartreuse and black or silver and white combination are proven jig set-ups on Mosquito Lake. Try attaching a live minnow the jig, to attract crappie into the lure from the minnow's aroma. Be sure to hook the minnow through the lip so it maintains its natural mobility, and place it under the jig.

Soft Plastic Jigs

EMinnow-imitating soft plastic jigs come highly rated and recommended, at the Ohio DNR website. Limit the size of tube jigs and twister tails to around 2 inches. Try using color combinations relevant to the feeder minnows in the lake you are fishing. Ohio minnows tend to have more silver and white in the color schemes. Choose your soft jigs accordingly. Try using silver tube jigs to accomplish this color scheme for the crappie in Ohio.

Cloudy Water and Clear Water Jigs

If the lake or river you fish for crappie is murky, try using bright-colored jigs. Use marabou feathered jigs in chartreuse or hot pink. These highly visible colors produce more strikes and full creels in Ohio's murky waters. For clear water, use black or darker-colored jigs for the crappie. Again, use marabou or soft plastic jigs in black, grey, silver and white. If one particular color is not working, switch to another. Be sure to keep an assortment of soft plastic jigs in various colors in your tackle box when fishing Ohio's lakes and rivers for crappie.


Lead-head jigs prove to be effective for crappie in the Ohio waters. These jigs have feathery, fluffy tails made from marabou. The heads of these painted jigs resemble a minnow and entice the crappie to strike. Use these with a quick jerk and retrieve in Ohio to bring in the crappie.

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.

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