Crappie fisherman are always looking for new and proven fishing information on how to Fish Live Bait For Crappie
. I am always trying to make a decision whether to use live bait or artificial bait when fishing for crappie.
My answer to you is I recommend using both In fact, on many fishing trips both artificial and live baits are on the same crappie rigs. This is the best of both techniques. My article is going to concentrate on what crappie live baits are best for different situations.
Crappie minnows: You will get a lot of controversy here so I am going to tell you what crappie minnows work best for me. One key factor in determining what minnow to use when you are fishing for crappie, will be to find out what minnows are native to the area you are going to fish. I will identify some of the species of minnows commonly used when fishing for crappie.
Shiner minnows work best for me to use, I prefer the smaller variety about 1 1/2" in length. Many crappie anglers would argue that bigger is better, but the truth is I like to catch fish and I am not interested in only fishing for the large slabs.
If you were in the large slab categories of fisherman then I would say bigger the minnow bigger the crappie (but much less on the crappie bite) Me, I just love to catch fish.
Now the reason I like the shiners whether using small or large minnows, is they reflect light like small mirror in the water. Crappies are easily attracted to changes in light patterns,so these little live crappie baits will do the trick. Many times, they are attracted more to the light changes then the bait it's self.
Another good minnow to use is commonly called the "Missouri minnow". i don't use them so I won't talk about them, but many fisherman swear by them.
I also do a little doctoring to live bait and artificial baits for crappies. Chop a onion into very small pieces and put them into a small container, (something like a little pill bottle).
Tip the end of your hook with a small piece of onion after you hook your minnow thru both the lower and upper lip. You will be surprised how this helps you out attracting the crappie to your bait. If you are using just a crappie jig place the jig an plastic in the bottle and shake it up.
The best crappie live bait
worms that I have used are called the "angle worm
". I am not fond of using worms as crappie live bait source but these are the best crappie live bait Worms that I have used.
The "maggot" is one of the most under used crappie live baits. Don't tell your wife about the following little tip she might throw you out of the house! The next thing you want to do is catch yourself carp or mudfish and cut out a piece along the back of the head.
Barry the carcass an inch under the ground. 7 days later dig him up. (Now here's the disgusting part pick the maggots off the carcass and place them in a glass jar.
And some white cornmeal into the jar. Now place the jar in the freezer for three weeks. (Don't let your wife know what's in it or it will be gone! Just kidding.) After three weeks take the maggots out of the freezer the maggots will be huge! Fish the maggots using a #4 gold hook with no bobber.
Let the bait fall to the bottom slowly and wait for the fun! It won't take long. Maggots are one of the best crappie live baits I have ever used but I don't use them much because of obvious reasons.
Well, that about does it for my crappie live bait tips. Have fun and good fishing! And GOOD Luck!
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