June 2020 Techniques

Crappie Tips: Best Color Crankbaits, by Tim Huffman

Pink Bandit crankbaits are one of several proven crappie-catchers.


Crappie Tips: Best Color Crankbaits

Trolling crankbaits is an excellent summer technique but color can be critical

by Tim Huffman


Experts have trouble explaining why crappie are so color sensitive to crankbaits, they just know they are. The best colors can change day-to-day or even hour-to-hour. The following list of colors came from interviewing numerous crappie pros.

  • Pink – The overwhelming favorite was a lighter pink shade with sparkles. Other pinks are next.
  • Orange – Several years ago orange became the rage and it is still catching crappie today.
  • Chartreuse – Chartreuse is often a crappie favorite with fishing jigs or crankbaits.
  • Chrome/Black or Chrome/Blue – Obviously this is a great color to match the baitfish when crappie are feeding on shad

Great brands include the Bandit 200 or 300 series, Lucky Craft or Rapala’s.

More on this and other great tips available in the book “Limiting Out for Crappie.”


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