Top 5 Crappie Fishing Baits

Crappie can be caught with several techniques, from a simple jig or live bait presentation all the way to the advanced trolling and jigging methods used by the pros. Here we’ve collected five of the best baits for crappie that any aspiring crappie angler should add to their gear.

Mr. Crappie Tube

  1. Electric Chicken
10 Color Options

Developed in collaboration with Mr. Crappie, Wally Marshall, Strike King offers the Mr. Crappie Tube. As any crappie angler knows, tubes are indispensable when fishing for crappie. Offered in Wally Marshall's proven colors, the Mr. Crappie Tube by Strike King is manufactured using the highest quality materials and stringent production techniques to produce a flawless tube that performs to exacting standards


  • Strike King Soft Baits
  • Proven crappie-catching colors
  • High-quality materials
  • Consistent performer
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Johnson Beetle Spin

  1. Black/Chartreuse
10 Color Options

The Johnson Beetle Spin is a time-tested, proven fish-catching lure. Simple and easy to use for any angler, Johnson's Beetle Spin is the direct ancestor of the spinner grub Virgil Ward first fished over 50 years ago. 


  • Many have tried to knock it off, but there's only one original Beetle Spin
  • Mainstay for all pond anglers since the 1950's
  • Loud, hard vibration caused by cupped blade calls in fish from further away
  • Beetle bodies offered in the most popular sizes and colors


About Johnson

The Johnson brand has become a staple for every angler and can be found in almost every tackle box. Johnson spinner baits, spoons, and jigs lures have stood the test of time and continue to help anglers of all abilities catch fish.

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Bandit 300 Series Crankbait

  1. Chartreuse Shad
  2. Threadfin Shad
  3. Bluegill
  4. Natural Shad
  5. Fire Tiger
  6. Citrus Shad
  7. Baby Bass
58 Color Options

Bandit 300 Series Crankbaits dive to 12 feet and dig around in a searching swim that triggers strikes. Constructed out of top-quality materials and available in a wide array of color patterns, the 300 is perfect for bass and crappie.  Easily the most sought-after crankbait for trolling techniques on crappie, given consistency of action and diving depth. Troll at 1.5 mph and experiment with various lengths of line to find the active feeding depth for crappie on any given day.


  • Dives to 12 feet
  • Great for casting or trolling
  • Perfect for Bass and Crappie

What Customers Are Saying

Awesome Colors--nothing better for slow trolling Crappie!

Great middle-range crankbait for bass, but probably best known as the standard for slow-trolling crappie. Midway has all the good colors. If you are just starting out, get some in pink, some in chartreuse, some in shad (or chrome), and some in dark colors (even black). You'll be surprised how often one color works better than others, and how often that changes through the day. I troll with 4-6 rods, so I try to have enough of my favorite colors that I can cover all rods with the hot one. Use sz 1 or similar fast snaps to make color changes easier.
- NH, 6/12/2020 Shop Now

Mustad Aberdeen Extra Fine Bait Hook

The Mustad Aberdeen Extra Fine Hook is a fine wire variation of the fantastic durable all-round Aberdeen hook for a more delicate bait presentation, such as Minnows or worms fishing for Crappies. This 1X extra fine wire hook features a beak hook point for excellent penetration and strong hook holds. Crappies are very sensitive to color and a change of hook color can trigger a bite. The Aberdeen hook comes in Blonde, Blue and 14Kt gold. Mustad's Wire Technology and Nor-Tempering Process means that hooks are lighter and up to 30% stronger. 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!

Fish below a bobber with a live minnow for outstanding results on crappie.  Depending on the desired depth, a small split shot a couple inches above the minnow helps keep the bait in the strike zone.


  • MVL-V1 point technology
  • Needle point
  • Beaked point
  • 1X extra fine wire
  • Ringed eye
  • Nor-Tempering


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Mr. Crappie Slab-Hammer 3XD Crappie Crankbait

5 Color Options

The Mr. Crappie Slab-Hammer 3XD Crappie Crankbait features a hardy construction, lifelike eyes, and ultra sharp hooks, making it a go-to lure for Crappie' Crank'n situations, and the colors are hard to beat—there's a pattern to match any type of forage! From striking finishes to free-floating rattle chambers that emit varying sound frequencies, it's easy to see why these cranks are so popular with the pros.


  • Made with the best components available
  • Hardy construction
  • Lifelike eyes
  • Ultra sharp hooks
  • Free-floating rattle chambers emit varying sound frequencies
  • Dives 10+ feet


What Customers Are Saying

Catching with this crank bait not fishing

We ordered several different crank bait colors all in the XD 3 design and the pink one during late summer and early fall, WOW the fish are just jumping in the boat nearly. We are trolling and catching a lot of fish on this pink colored crank bait. Definitely buying more!!!!
- David, 10/1/2021 Shop Now