What Kind of Rod Do You Use for Crappie Fishing?

Crappie fishing is one of the most popular angling activities in North America, and for good reason. These tasty panfish are found in a variety of habitats and are relatively easy to catch with the right approach.

To be successful, however, having the right tools for the job is essential. One important consideration is the type of rod you use when Targeting crappie.

When it comes to crappie rods, there are several options available. The most commonly used type is a spinning rod.

Spinning rods are versatile and can be used with a variety of lures and baits. They range in length from five to nine feet and generally have a moderate to fast action. This makes them well-suited for casting small crankbaits or soft plastics.

Another popular option is a jigging rod. Jigging rods are typically shorter than spinning rods and have an extra-fast action tip designed for quick jigging motions. They also usually have more backbone than spinning rods, making them well-suited for setting hooks on big crappie that may bite hard on light line.

Finally, there’s the ultralight rod option. Ultralight rods are designed for fishing with light line (2-4 lb test) and small lures such as tube jigs or mini crankbaits. They’re great for Targeting finicky crappie in clear water where sensitivity is key.


No matter what type of crappie fishing you’re doing, there’s sure to be a rod that fits your needs. Spinning rods are great all-around tools that can be used with many different types of lures and baits; jigging rods offer extra backbone for setting hooks on bigger fish; while ultralight rods provide added sensitivity when Targeting finicky fish in clear water.

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Michael Allen