How to Rig a Crappie Pole

by John Stevens J.D.
Crappie are among the most common freshwater fish species in the United States.

Crappie are among the most common freshwater fish species in the United States.

Crappies can be found throughout virtually the entire continental United States. The are many variations of crappies, but the two most common types include black crappies, which prefer clear water, and white crappies which prefer silt. Anglers often have their own individual methods for rigging a crappie pole, but the basics of any crappie rig include relatively small fishing line and a sliding float.

Spool the reel with the monofilament fishing line and thread it through the guides of the pole.

Thread the free end of the fishing line through the hollow rod in the center of a clear plastic float. Whereas most floats are circular in shape and hook onto the fishing line, clear floats are elliptical in shape and do not attach to the line. This style of float is common when using a fly on a traditional fishing rod rather than with a fly rod. For this reason, these floats are commonly called “fly bubbles.”

Position the fly bubble approximately 2 feet from the tip of the free end of the fishing line.

Crimp a small split shot weight onto the fishing line, just below the fly bubble using needle-nose pliers. The weight will prevent the bubble from sliding to the end of the fishing line, but it will not be heavy enough to drag the float under the water.

Tie either the lure or the hook, whichever will be used, to the free end of the fishing line.

Items you will need

  • Fishing rod and reel
  • 4- to 8-pound monofilament fishing line
  • Fly bubble
  • Small split shot weight
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Hook or lure


  • “A Golden Guide: Fishing;” George Fichter and Phil Francis; 1987
  • “The Crappie Book: Basics and Beyond”; Keith Sutton; 2006

About the Author

John Stevens has been a writer for various websites since 2008. He holds an Associate of Science in administration of justice from Riverside Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. Stevens is a lawyer and licensed real-estate broker.

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