What Do You Use to Catch Crappie in Ice Fishing?

Crappie is a popular freshwater fish native to North America and can be found in rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes. It is an excellent option for ice fishing, as they can be caught year-round in most areas.

As with any type of fishing, the right equipment and technique will ensure success. Here are some tips on what you need to catch crappie when ice fishing.

Hooks and Lures

For crappie ice fishing, you need small hooks that can fit through the hole in the ice. These should range from size 10 to size 2 depending on the size of your bait.

You also want to choose lures that are specifically designed for catching crappie. Some good choices include soft plastic baits like jigs or grubs, small spoons, or even tipped jigs.

Live Bait

Live bait can also be used for catching crappie during ice fishing. Minnows are a popular choice and can be bought at most bait shops or tackle stores. You can also use worms or waxworms if you prefer. When using live bait, make sure to keep it fresh and lively by using an aerator or livewell.

Rods and Reels

When it comes to rods and reels for ice fishing, you want something lightweight yet sturdy enough to handle the longer casts often necessary when crappie fishing through a hole in the ice.

Spinning rods should range between 6-7 feet long with light action while spin cast reels should have a line capacity of up to 8lbs test.


When setting up for crappie fishing through the ice, you want to position yourself close enough to make casts but far enough away so as not to spook the fish away from your line of sight. Once you have your lure set up correctly, make quick jerks with your rod tip in order to attract the attention of nearby crappies. If you don’t get any bites after a few minutes, simply move on to another spot until you find active fish.


In conclusion, catching crappie with ice fishing requires the right equipment such as hooks and lures (or live bait), rods and reels as well as proper technique in order to be successful. By following these tips you will be sure to reel in some delicious catches!

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Emma Gibson