“I try to stick with real natural baits in the summer,” Sheppard said. “The Jenko Big T Smokeshow color is one of my favorites in the summer now.”
Natural means natural profile as well as materials and color. Mimic bugs. Mimic baitfish. Crappie are affected by small fry of baitfish in the system you are fishing in the summer. They are affected by mayfly and other bug hatches on the system in the summer. So knowing there is an abundance of food to choose from, they will get conditioned to very natural looking profiles and colors.
A small baitfish colored jig like a Jenko Fry Baby or Jenko Little Mermaid is hard to beat.