My other thoughts on crappie retrieves


 So that’s my take on the 5 most useful crappie retrieves for fishing jigs for crappie. It’s worked well for me the last several years as I’ve loaded coolers, freezers and dinner tables with delicious crappie for my family and friends. I’m fortunate to live on a lake where I can experiment a lot with tackle, technique, location, seasonality and more with an abundance of willing fish. 

You should learn about the different soft plastic jig bodies available for crappie fishing. I’ve talked at length about my choices in plastics and how I find the crappie most of the time. But I’ve also paid attention to how the fish react in different situations and conditions and how to best get a bite on various retrieves. There is definitely something to be said about a crappie wanting the bait to sit more than it moves. To move enough to get its attention but then to allow it time to grab it while it moves naturally. That’s one of the reasons I think a 1/16 ounce jig is superior to a 1/8 ounce jig in most cases. It’s also why I like a good sensitive rod and use 4-pound line most of the time too. 

I’ve been playing with the new Mr. Crappie Speed Shooters from Lew’s this year and really like them so far as well as the Jenko Fishing Hypersense Marksman and 7-foot Medium Light rods for most casting applications. I will use them vertical jigging but that’s more because I cycle through retrieves on a lot of spots where I might start straight reeling from a distance then inch in closer and start tight lining and pulling before finally getting on top of the spot and pulsing from a vertical position. One 6 or 7-foot rod allows me to do all of that.