If you are ready to step up your fishing you will usually catch more fish using artificial baits rather then using live bait. Of course this statement is based on knowing what artificial lures to use. When you are fishing for pan fish smaller is better. Look for lures in the 1/4oz or smaller size.
List of pan fish fishing lures to use:
- Curly Tail Jigs
- Marabou Jigs
- Weedless Spinners, (they have a jig attached) smallest you can find
- Willow Leaf Blades: Silver Colorado Or Gold Blades
The above listed lures can be bought at any department store, bait shop, or online. Most of these artificial baits can be purchased for very little. Make sure when comparing prices that you compare prices for artificial baits in the 1/4oz or smaller range.
Suggested ways to use these crappie fishing lures:
When fishing a curly tail Jig, use a uniquely designed jig head with screw lock from Cabella’s. It takes your bait to the bottom where the big ones are. It allows you to thread a plastic tube, or split tail onto the corkscrew and hook it through the tail. The innovative flat-bottom jig head helps the hook stand up at a 60deg angle. Your hooked bait stands up straight off the bottom and is free to move about. I recommend you use purchase and use a Karlins Lunker Curly Tail. This jig is a good choice to use when using a slip bobber rig.
When fishing Marabou jigs use the 1/8oz or 1/4oz size. A good way to fish this lure is use a slip bobber, place a split on the line so the jig falls to a set depth.
When fishing Weedless Spinner baits use the 1/16oz size. Use this bait when fishing low water visibility muddy or murky water.
When fishing the Willow Leaf Blade jigs, fish the lure very slow, again I repeat slow. If you use the 1/16oz jig, the hook will bend before you loose your jig, you can use over and over again. The larger sizes work well but they break the line when snagging. Also, put on a Karlins plastic tube Curly split tail 2″ in length.
There are no guarantees that you will catch crappie with the lures shown above, but if you stick with purchasing small crappie fishing lures you up your chances of catching a good batch of crappie.
Well, good luck and good fishing!