Big Baits, Big Crappie Tips

Tip: Big Baits, Big Crappie

We asked the Question, “Do BIG Baits catch BIG Crappie”?


In a nutshell the answer is defiantly, YES! It is the age-old question that can be answered by success. Most Crappie Anglers who target Big Crappie will tell you it’s all about the bait size. Big Crappie are a different creature when it comes to finding them and then getting them to bite. Lets take a look at what we mean.


Lake Fork Trophy Lures 2.25" Sickle Tail Baby Shad

“Lake Fork Trophy Lures 2.25″ Sickle Tail Baby Shad”

When we talk about Big Baits we are referring to 2+ inch plastics, crankbaits, spinners and even live baits. Lake Fork Trophy Lures Pro James Reedy says, “Big fish are like big people, they like big sandwiches”. Which would explain why the Pros continuously bring Big Crappie to the weigh-in.



Bobby Garland 3 inch Slab Slay'R

“Bobby Garland 3 inch Slab Slay’R”

We recently asked this questions to Peculiar, Missouri, Bobby Garland Pro Kevin Rogers. We often hear that bigger is better when targeting Big Crappie. Do you feel this approach holds true? If so, why? “This sums up our fishing career, Yes 100% percent. We do not use a lure that is smaller than 1/8 once (We don’t even have any in our boat).  95% of our fishing we are using a 3/16 – 1/4 once lead head. After we have seven crappie in the boat; we both switch over to a 3” Bobby Garland Slab Slay’R, and go power fishing the rest of the day, looking for hogs!

Example: We were fishing a tournament at Eufaula Lake in Ok.  There was a certain stretch of the lake that was holding crappie; seemed like every boat in the tournament was there. There were 10 boats within 100 yard of us; every boat was whacking them (except us).  One team had over 60 crappie that day, we only managed to catch eleven all day, yes eleven! But at the end of the day, we won! We did this by fishing big 3” crappie baits and ½ once lead heads, while everyone else was using 1/16 once lead heads with micro tubes.  We chose the larger baits on purpose, to target the bigger fish.  This takes a different mindset, but can pay off come tournament time (you only need seven)”, says Kevin. 

The next time you head out to go Crappie Fishing for Big Crappie take a tip from the Pros and up-size your baits to 2+ inch baits. Most of the time you will catch less fish but the ones you do catch will be Big Slab Crappie!

  1. gindog says:
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Nimrod said it. I fish with no less then a 2″ bait and a #2 hook. I have cut a lot of fish cut open and most fish will have bait fish over 2″ in it stomach.

  2. NIMROD says:
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    i use nothing smaller than 2inch baits in no less than 1/8 oz. Always being told that I need to down size but you are right on target in my book. I pefer nothing less than #2 hooks also.

  3. Sawdustsavage says:
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Great info. Thanks.

  4. Saturday March 16th one of the largest crappies of the Indiana Slab Masters tournament came off a 3 1/2″ Lake Fork Live Swimming Shad.
    I have caught many fish using BIG baits.

  5. ampa says:
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I am new to crappie fishing, and I need all the help and advice I can get.. please.. thank you

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