Crappies can be tricky to catch at certain times of the day when food, heat and light sources change. Crappie foods such as minnows are more plentiful in the morning and early evening. As a general rule of thumb, the obvious way to go on a dark day in clear water is with dark greens, browns and black and anything closely imitating or representing the natural food sources.
Jigs in all shapes of grubs, minnows, crustaceans, worms and plenty curly tail patterns. Also, almost anything with marabou feathers on. The latter can easily be tied on to a few of your best crappie lures to improve attraction and hopefully supper.
The best fishing lures for any quarry should consist of a wide variety of hard and soft baits, especially jigs. Crappie jigs always range over many sizes, but you’ll find more often than not that1/32 oz, 1/16 oz are regular sizes.
Keep in mind when tackling up that their common nickname is ‘papernouth’ for obvious lip ripping reasons. Smaller fishing hooks have less chance of tearing or causing those regrettable holes. Number two hooks are excellent size for crappie.
Live minnows are natural bait for crappie, so spoons and crankbaits imitating these are going to guarantee some decent slabs. Crappies prefer very smaller crankbaits. They are often taken using spoons and flies dangled vertically too.
Crappies are well known to be color fussy from time to time and it only takes a nuance of color to bag better results. Slowing or twitching your retrieve with the same lure before changing may improve takes.
Live minnows produce definite baskets of fish at the end of any day fishing, so anything that sparkles, vibrates, small shads, gold and silver spinners, brightly colored and florescent, should coax those slabs.
Author Bio: Brad Jorgensen is a fishing enthusiast from Denver, Colorado and an avid blogger on the latest in fishing tips and techniques. Having traveled throughout North America seeking out fishing adventures, Brad is knowledgeable in a wide range or fishing topics.