View Full Version : how big a bait will a crappie eat

04-02-2015, 09:03 AM
that got answered for me tuesday. my and a buddy were fishing a small private lake here in central ms. I caught just an average size fish around a 1 1/4lbs. as i swung him up he spit a 10 inch zoom magnum lizard in my lap. this thing was nearly as long as the fish. he obviously couldn't swallow it cause no one else was fishing that day and it was still in his mouth. and as usual when something unique happens like that neither one of us had our phones for a pic.

M R Dux
04-02-2015, 09:21 AM
I've caught lots of crappie on crankbaits that were almost equal size to the fish. Makes one wonder if they hit a bait to eat it, play with it, etc.

04-02-2015, 09:28 AM
If you get a chance go to Bass Pro shop and watch them feed the fish, the crappie eat some BIG minnows.

04-02-2015, 10:21 AM
Those crappie are aggressive!! They hit lures the same size as them! Here is proof! Kastmaster spoon and a tiny crappie.

04-02-2015, 10:58 AM
They love 5" Senkos! :)

04-02-2015, 06:57 PM
I've seen might small Crappie caught on big baits. Even seen Crappie with Yellow Bass , BlueGill , and Crappie too big to swallow hung up. They will eat anything that fits that mouth. I regularly use 1/4 oz leadheads with 2.5'' Southern Pro Walleye Tubes each spring and in Mississippi they used these same baits with #8 minnow on it spider rigging with Bill (big River Marine ). Most people need to examine stomach contents of a few Crappie if they believe Crappie feed on tiny baits .

04-02-2015, 07:02 PM
I see bass fisherman catch them all the time. I have cleaned them with some good sized shad in their stomachs.

04-02-2015, 07:06 PM
I caught one last year on a 4 inch jerk bait

04-02-2015, 07:09 PM
I have caught them Bass fishing using 3/8 oz spinnerbaits with 2 blades both #5 willow leaf blades!

04-03-2015, 05:00 PM
Caught a 3lb.6 oz. on Toledo Bend on a magnum Hellbender with a blue back. Then caught 3 more in the upper 2 lb. range. Then my fishing partner said you do know we are in a bass tournament. Then hit the trolling motor !!!!

dave the wave
04-03-2015, 06:49 PM
I caught a 2lb. 6oz. crappie on a 7 inch striper bait night fishing for striper on Lake Cumberland

04-03-2015, 07:46 PM
Post 131 of fellow CDC member Mark McGuire fishing with 4" baits.


04-03-2015, 08:27 PM
I have caught nice crappie while downrigging Bomber 15a long A.

04-04-2015, 07:50 PM
If you look on utube fishing at Spruce Run State Park in New Jersey, you will see 2 men fishing with pike lures and catching Crappie. So many Crappie they gave up fishing for the Pike and switched to Crappie baits. Pop

04-04-2015, 09:12 PM
They are ferocious little predators.

04-05-2015, 10:59 AM
I regularly use this Duo Realis spinbait for crappies.


04-06-2015, 11:26 AM
Caught a crappie on a trotline baited with 4" bluegill on a 0/10 tru-turn hook.