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
9 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

Lloyd Johnson and Henry Denison founded Johnson in 1949, they built their first reel in a basement in Mankato, Minnesota. They later acquired the original Beetle Spin in 1960, which is still in production today because nothing has matched its action and simplicity. The Johnson brand has become a staple for every angler and can be found in almost every tackle box. Johnson offers hard baits, soft baits, and spinner baits with series like Beetle Spin, Silver Minnow, Crappie Buster, etc. Johnson products 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. Natural Shad
  3. Baby Bass
  4. Threadfin Shad
  5. Bluegill
  6. Fire Tiger
  7. Citrus Shad
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

Mr. Crappie Slab-Hammer Crappie Crankbait

8 Color Options

The Mr. Crappie Slab-Hammer Crappie Crank was designed in some awesome Crappie crank colors, and are great for pushing, pulling, trolling or whatever you have to do to catch the big slabs!


  • Made with the best components available
  • Blood Red hooks
  • Dives to 8'

What Customers Are Saying

good crankbaits

consistently good quality. baits run true out of the box.
- dewdad, 9/6/2021 Shop Now

Road Runner Marabou Underspin Jig

  1. Black/Black
  2. Pink/White
17 Color Options

The Road Runner Marabou Underspin Jig is described as “one of the top-ten lures of all time”. Use the chenille center as a scent holder and try a stop-n-go retrieve to induce strikes. The pulsating marabou hair triggers ’em.

  • Great for Crappie, Panfish, and just about anything that swims!
  • Chenille Center
  • Pulsating Marabou Hair
  • 2 Pack
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