Jigging for Crappie.
Here are a few different jig techniques. The first is Still Fishing . A lot of people think a jig is not effective unless it’s moving. This is a false assumption. When crappie are moody, they get ultra lazy and will refuse anything moving fast enough to make them expend any energy to get it. After you locate crappie on your depth-finder watch them a minute. If they are stationary, chances are they are moody. Now is the time to Still Fish a jig. They are usually suspended near the thermo-cline. Drop a jig straight down about 10-12 feet and let it set. Every few minutes move the jig around a little. Watch your line. If it slacks up or moves right or left, set the hook.
A second jig technique to have in your arsenal is Finger-Popping. In situations where the fish are a bit more aggressive, you can trigger strikes by grasping the line above the reel between the thumb & forefinger, with you free fingers repeatedly flick the line, this makes the jig dance under the water. It doesn’t take much. The goal is to make it look like a wounded bait.
The 3rd technique is Down-Jigging. When you pull up to your fishing spot pull out about 10 ft of line. This is simple if you are using a 10 ft rod. Hold the rod up and slowly lower the jig into the water. Watch your line for any sign of going slack or moving right or left. That means a crappie has the jig in their month. Set the hook . If you don’t get that first bite then pull out about 18″ of line at a time and slowly raise and lower your jig till you get that bite then set your line to that depth next time and slowly lower you jig back down and repeat.
A 4th technique is the Slow-Rise or Up Jigging. When down-jigging doesn’t work, allow your jig to suspend 2-3” off the bottom for a few seconds, then very slowly raise Your rod tip about 1 ft. Hold jig there about 15 seconds then slowly allow it to drop back down. Be ready to set the hook at anytime. Crappie will usually hit the jig on the rise or fall.
Point to remember is that Crappie are always looking up and never down. Keep that in mind when you are setting your line depth.