Winter Fishing Tips and Jigs for Crappie

When the waters are a little more cluttered with silt, or whatever else, try a darker colored jig. I have had success with some lighter greens or dark yellows. Do not get yourself stuck on a specific color or type of jig. What works today almost certainly will not work tomorrow. Not only does color or shape of the bait matter but so does the behavior of the jig.

The first time I ever fished for crappie was ice fishing as a kid. We used mealworms or waxworms, whatever they are called, they are about an inch to an inch and a half long larva of some bug. If you are really curious about what bug it is I am sure someone will tell you all about it. We put these on a small jig head and would let them sink slowly through a sheltered area. The real trick wasn’t in the bait or the jig but rather in the speed we let the bait sink. Many novice anglers want to jerk the bait up and down, well stop it. I had my best luck actually feeding the line through my fingers to maintain a constant rate of drop. This is important because a grub falling from a submerged branch or other structure does not fall and stop and fall again.

Granted all of us may not be ice fishing in the winter months but the waters are still cold, so if you get to drag a jig through the water think about some of this as it still applies.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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