Tips for crappie fishing include using a loop knot to attach jig bait, fishing between three and six feet of water, keeping the line tight while fishing and using a cast and retrieve fishing technique. Tips for live bait crappie fishing include using a number six sized hook.
Using a loop knot to attach jig bait provides a natural wiggle movement to the bait that appeals to crappie. Fishing between three and six feet of water maximizes the likelihood of attracting the fish; although where good cover exists crappies, sometimes swim in as little as eight inches of water.
Crappies have a soft lip, so keeping the line tight helps prevent hooked fish from wriggling off the line. A cast and retrieve technique keeps the bait moving, which appeals to crappie's instincts. Depending on the season, the optimal reel in paces changes. For example, a faster pace is normally more effective during warmer summer months.