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Most Effective Lures for Crappie Fishing

Nothing beats a stringer full of big crappie to fill up the frying pan after a long day of fishing. 

crappie fishing with lures

Catching large crappie comes down to the right lures and technique to entice the bite.  Use the best lures to improve your chances of catching crappie on your next fishing trip.

Crappie are typically smaller and eat smaller prey, so mimic their eating preferences when choosing your lures.

We’ve compiled our favorite crappie lures, known for triggering bites when fishing for crappie. Try these top-rated crappie lures on your next fishing trip to make a great catch!

7 Best Crappie Lures

  1. Johnson Beetle Spin Nickel Blade
  2. Mepps Ultra Light Spinner Kit
  3. Sougayilang Jigs
  4. Leland Lures Crappie Magnet Body Pack
  5. Blakemore Road Runner
  6. Charlie Brewer’s Slider
  7. Northland Mimic Minnow Spin

Johnson Beetle Spin Nickel Blade

The genuine authentic beetle spin is simple and easy to use for the novice or avid angler. The bright, matching safety-pin spinner is easy to remove when you want a plain jig for deepwater presentations.

 Johnson Beetle Spin Nickel Blade crappie lure

Featuring a translucent polycarbonate jig head, steel shot adds weight for better jigging and louder and harder rattle calls in fish from farther away.

It’s available in yellow/black stripe color with nickel blade. Measures 2-inch length.


Mepps Ultra Lite Spinner Kit

I’m a big fan of the mepps ultra light spinners kit.  I’ve been catching crappie since I was a little kid and trolling through a school of panfish with one of these lures, you are sure to get a bite each time.

Mepps Ultra Lite Spinner Kit crappie lures

Ultra Lite pan fish anglers will really appreciate the durability of these little spinners. Included is everything from an #00 Ultra Lite Wooly Worm to a #00 Aglia Long Mino.

Any one of these lures is perfect for pulling pan fish from the weeds or coaxing crappie out of hiding. These tiny lures will catch crappie, perch and blue gill. Perfect for hiking or backpacking. Fish them with Ultra Lite spinning gear.


Sougayilang Jigs

Fish this with a traditional jig technique with lift and drop or, if that’s not paying off try a straight retrieve mixing your action until you find that which is exciting your target.

Sougayilang Jigs for crappie

Fish can be very fussy at times so having a jig like the Sougayilang Micro Jig Lure will be the extra edge you need to get the fish biting.  Great for catching different panfish and crappie.


Leland Lures Crappie Magnet Body Pack

The Crappie Magnet Best of the Best 115 piece kit is the newest Crappie Magnet kit. These lures never let us down when it comes to reeling in some absolute slabs.

Leland Lures Crappie Magnet Body Pack for crappie

It has all the best Crappie Magnet colors along with their Double Cross Heads and E-Z Slotted Crappie Floats. All you need to begin catching more Crappie than your buddies.


Blakemore Road Runner

The Blakemore Road Runner Heads come with barbed heads on the bleeding baits hooks. The blood-red hooks help to trigger a feeding response. 

Blakemore Road Runner lure

Pair this with a soft plastic grub and you have a deadly combination for loading up on crappie and panfish.


Charlie Brewer’s Slider

The slider 1.5″ grub is an original design by Charlie brewer, sr. From the 1970s. It is made of a 1.5″ soft grub body with a vibra tail.

Charlie Brewer's Slider lure

The 1.5″ grub has been proven to catch fish while casting, trolling, or vertical jigging. It is great for crappie and other panfish, as well as bass.

It pairs well with crappie slider heads, slider ball heads, and many other styles of heads.


Northland Mimic Minnow Spin

Catches lots of crappies when fished properly. Cast or Troll around fish-holding cover or structure, and in open water.

Northland Mimic Minnow Spin lure

Weedless, for use in vegetation, brush and timber. Vary retrieve or trolling speed with rod pumps, or allow lure to “helicopter” down into open pockets in cover.


Final Thoughts

Crappie are one of the most sought after freshwater panfish in the US. This species is native to North America, and is commonly found in highly vegetated areas of lakes.

Crappie do not hibernate in the winter, so they are a popular ice fishing target as well. Just make sure you get the right lures for the job!

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