Using Jigs for Crappie Fishing

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Jigs are one of the best ways to target crappie.  Whether you are jigging with soft plastics, hair jigs or live bait, jigs are the way to go to consistently put crappie in the boat.

Hair Jigs work great for targeting crappie.  Some anglers tip these hair jigs with a minnow, but you don’t have to.  When the bite is going good, you can catch a lot of crappie by vertically jigging or fishing a hair jig under a bobber.

Jigging minnows are another way you can target crappie. These baits work well when crappie are down deep.  Fish these baits by themselves or use them to tip with wax worms or live minnows.

Ice Fishing Jigs are smaller-sized jigheads that are great for finesse fishing for crappie.  These jigs aren’t just for ice fishing.  When you need a lighter presentation for your minnows or wax worms, an ice fishing jig is a good option.

Jigheads are key to rigging the many different soft plastics that anglers use for crappie.  Anglers also use jigheads with live minnows, pieces of leeches and worms.  Jigheads are so basic, but essential to catching crappie.

Scrounger jigheads make soft plastics come to life.  Try using a smaller scrounger jighead tipped with a variety of soft plastics baits used for crappie.  These baits have excellent action with a slow and steady retrieve.  You can cover some water with these baits and fish them throughout the water column to find active crappie.

Jigs rigged with soft plastics is one of the most popular ways to target crappie.  There are so many different types of soft plastic baits that anglers use for crappie.  Whether you are using curly tail grubs, spear tails, shad-style baits or others, soft plastics will put a lot of crappie in the boat.

Since you are going to be fishing around wood most of the time when fishing for crappie, you’re going to want to use some weedless jigs so you can avoid getting hung up constantly.  When you get hung up in the brush, you’re going to scare fish away from that spot and you’re going to have to snap the line and re-tie.  Try using a weedless finesse jig to get your live baits and soft plastics to more crappie around all the snags associated with timber.



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