How to Build Crappie Attractors Using PVC Pipe

by Ben Team
Bouncing a jig through a homemade attractor will entice many crappies.

Bouncing a jig through a homemade attractor will entice many crappies.

Build a PVC “bush” to simulate the natural cover sought by crappies as ambush spots. Such attractors not only draw crappies, but they do not cause as many snags as natural structures. Do not worry that the fish will reject your PVC bush: In 2013, biologists working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Division completed a three-year study and found that artificial structures attract and hold more fish over time than natural structures.

Build Your Attractor

  1. Measure and mark the PVC pipe in 5-foot increments by using the marker and tape measure. Cut the PVC pipe at each mark with the PVC cutter or saw to create six 5-foot sections.

  2. Place a PVC end cap on one end of each PVC pipe section.

  3. Pour the concrete mix and water into the bucket, in the ratio recommended by the manufacturer. Use the stirring stick to mix the two together.

  4. Hold one of the pipes vertically, with the capped end resting on the ground. Insert the funnel into the open end of the pipe and pour in the concrete. Leave about 2 inches of empty space at the top to allow the concrete to expand as it sets. Rest the pipe against a stable object and allow the concrete to set for at least 24 hours. Repeat this step for each of the six pipes.

  5. Attach the uncapped end of one of the PVC pipes to the six-way fitting. Do the same with the remaining five pipes. Use the PVC cement to secure the pipes in the six-way fitting if you wish. Allow the cement to dry completely before continuing.

  6. Paint the entire structure with the plastic paint, which will help make the structure appear more natural and less conspicuous. Allow the attractor to dry completely before placing it in the water.

Items you will need

  • 30 feet of 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe
  • Black marker
  • Tape measure
  • PVC cutter or saw
  • 1 six-way, 1-inch PVC fitting
  • 6 1-inch PVC end caps
  • PVC cement (optional)
  • Concrete
  • Water
  • Stirring stick
  • Bucket
  • Funnel
  • Dark green plastic paint


  • Do not limit yourself to one attractor; build several and place them in a small area to draw large numbers of crappies and baitfish. This will greatly improve your chances for success.
  • Be sure to note the location of your attractor so that you can find it later. Note that many PVC attractors fail to show up on fish finders.


  • Be sure that it is legal to use artificial attractors in your area.

Photo Credits

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