Knowing how to catch crappie is essential to have good luck with your bass fishing trips. I like to use Jigs, Waxworms and Minnows for bass fishing with crappies. I like to use these baits for three reasons.
Use Waxworms and Minnows in the deeper water around structure. This will help to target bluegills, perch and crappie. Place the bait close to the structure or shallow jig and a suitable hook. I also recommend that you pay the proper trout tax and have a legal base license (over 16 years old).
Jigs will be difficult for the crappie to see, especially if you are using a crankbait with a long nose. Jigs are much easier to locate since the hook will be so close. Also, jigs are easy to cast.
Minnows and waxworms are the best bait for crappie. However, these types of baits take a lot of fishing time. If you plan on catching the crappies, you need to wait until the sun goes down. If the sun goes down, the bass will not have any other reason to go looking for food.
When you do use Minnows and waxworms, they will sit in the deeper part of the water. They are more difficult to find for crappie. This is due to the fact that crappie tend to hide in deep water where they cannot see you. However, it is possible to find bass using these baits, provided you have the right equipment for the job.
Using a jig is a great idea for jigs. They can hide in weeds and small brush and can get up to 60 feet deep. However, the jigs take time to sink so it can take several minutes to get a jig down.
When using a jig with minnows, be sure to put the jig on a jig hook. If you are using crankbaits, make sure that the crankbait has a big head to be able to sink the jig easily. It is also important that jigs sink well enough that they are in your line when you throw the crankbait. Jigs are difficult to find for bass with crankbaits because they are too heavy.
Minnows are one of the easiest jigs to use for jigs. Minnows are easier to use and you can use them when fishing for crappies in larger bodies of water such as Lake Lanier, Chickasaw and the Potomac River. You also can use jigs in smaller bodies of water. If you want to learn how to ice fish for crappie, start by using Jigs and waxworms for jigs, but I recommend that you use jigs in more productive areas to maximize your chances of catching crappies.
When using crankbaits, be sure to stay away from the weed beds and areas with waterfowl and ducks. You can use crankbaits in smaller areas, especially if you have an old tree stump. However, be sure to cover the hook.
For minnows, waxworms, and minnows, remember to always use a light hook when fishing with them. Use a medium or large hook for jigs. Minnows and waxworms are harder to use for jigs so you should use lighter weights. if possible. When using a jig, just be sure that you hit the jig with the hook as hard as possible, but not so hard that it pulls the hook out of the jig.
Another way to use jigs for crappie is to put one at the bottom and the other at the top of your jig. You can then toss the jig and bait to where the jig falls off and then cast the crankbaits. Make sure you watch for the crankbaits. If the jigs are not seen, you will know that the jigs are not biting on the crankbaits and you can move on to a different bait.
Minnows and waxworms are also great baits and great for ice fishing for crappie. If you can get the minnows to stay in the weeds and bushes, you will increase your chances of catching crappies. If you are trying to learn how to ice fish for crappie, remember that jigs and minnows are the best baits because they are easy to use and easy to cast and retrieve.