5 Best Hooks for Crappie Fishing

Having the right hooks can make all the difference when it comes to crappie fishing. There are several factors to consider, including hook style, hook size, and color.

Hook Style

The most commonly used hook for live bait crappie fishing is an Aberdeen hook. The long, straight shank makes it easy to hold while putting on bait or removing from a fish’s mouth. Aberdeen hooks are also typically made from thinner gauge wire. This has two benefits when crappie fishing; first, it will have less effect on your bait, keeping them alive longer. Second, it will allow you to straighten the hook to remove it from the brush pile you will inevitably find yourself snagged in at some point. Then, you can just bend it back into shape with a pair of pliers, and you’ll be right back to fishing. If you’re looking for something different, a Circle hook is another great option. With a circle hook, you do not need to make a traditional hook set; once you detect a bite, just start reeling, and the unique shape of the hook will do the rest.

Hook Size

When it comes to hook size, the bigger the number, the smaller the hook. Until you get below #1, where the next sizes are 1/0, 2/0, etc. with each one continuing to get bigger and bigger. For crappie fishing, #2 or #4 tend to be the best sizes.

Hook Color

Crappie fishing hooks come in a variety of color options: bronze, gold, red, chartreuse, and more. It is important to consider water color and how pressured the fish are when selecting a hook color. The best advice we can give is to try a few different colors and find what works best for you.

The next time you’re going crappie fishing, choose the right hook to set yourself up for success. If you need some help, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 crappie fishing hooks below.


Mustad Aberdeen Bait Hook

The Classic Mustad Aberdeen hook has been an all time favorite with salt and freshwater anglers. This long shanked hook is perfect when using long natural baits, such rag or sand worms or as live bait hook. It is a true all-round hook, which can be used to present any bait for species ranging from small Whiting and Sea Robins to Sea Bass and Cod. The “MTL-V1” point combines a more efficient point design with a new sharpening process to enhance the quality. The result is a sharper, sleek new point shape with penetration resistance 50% lower than standard Classic Hook points! Mustad's Wire Technology and Nor-Tempering Process means that hooks are lighter and up to 30% stronger. Available in Black nickel, Bronze, Blue, Nickel, blonde red and 14kt Gold finish.


  • MVL-V1 point technology
  • Long shank
  • Nor-Tempering
  • Ringed eye
  • Nor-Tempering



What Customers Are Saying

Great product for a good price.

I use these hooks for mainly trout fishing. They hold a point well and bring in the fish everytime.
- Leroy, 9/28/2022 Shop Now

Eagle Claw Aberdeen Hook

The Eagle Claw Aberdeen Hook is the standard in small live bait applications


  • Gold finish
  • Multiple sizes to match bait
  • Curved Point
  • Straight Shank
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Mustad Slow Death Aberdeen Bait Hook

  1. Bronze
  2. Chartreuse
5 Color Options

The Mustad Slow Death Aberdeen Bait Hook is an actual Aberdeen style pattern with a special kinked shank that, when threaded with half of a nightcrawler/earthworm and trolled at slow speeds, produces a wild, intense action and reaches areas that blade presentations typically won't reach. This is a versatile technique in which the unique hook design creates an enticing corkscrew presentation that lets you present the bait in cracks, crevices and little corners that faster blade presentations skip. To set up the rig, attach a bottom-bouncer weight to your main line. Tie a 48” mono or fluorocarbon leader to the bottom of bottom-bouncer. Thread half a night crawler/earthworm up the hook shank and over the hook eye. There should be up to 1/2"of nightcrawler/earthworm hanging off the hook. Row or use a trolling motor at speeds from 1mph/1kn to almost nothing, keeping just enough speed so the crawler spins. Use it to target Walleye, Bass, Crappie, Zander, Perch or Panfish. Available in Bronze, Blonde Red,14kt Gold finish, Chartreuse, Orange/Glow, Purple/Glow, Chartreuse/Orange, and Glow Green.


  • 4.3 UltraPoint technology
  • Opti-Angle Needle Point
  • Ringed eye
  • Chemically sharpened
  • Nor-Tempered


What Customers Are Saying

Great hook action

These work great on trout here at Collins Lake
- JC, 4/15/2021 Shop Now

VMC Neko Worm Hook

The VMC Neko Worm Hook is perfect for neko and other wacky rigging techniques.


  • Offset Point
  • Resin Closed Eye
  • Long Shank
  • Wide Gap
  • Forged
  • Perfect For Neko™-Wacky Rigging


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Gamakatsu Octopus Bait Hook

  1. Bronze
3 Color Options

The Gamakatsu Octopus Hook is their most versatile hook, long known for its durability and strength. The Octopus hook comes in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, perfect for all kinds of techniques and presentations.


  • Various sizes and colors to meet your needs
  • Offset Point
  • Upturned eye

What Customers Are Saying

I would will buy this product over and over again.

I use this hook for fishing salmon in Alaska and they hook up and last great.
- Biglon, 3/21/2022 Shop Now