How to Tie a Crappie Rig

by Keith Dooley
Tie a simple jig float rig for crappie success.

Tie a simple jig float rig for crappie success.

Crappie fishing is a favorite among many anglers who devote untold hours to catching these typically small-sized fish. Although record crappie have been caught weighing well over 4 pounds, an average size crappie will weigh in under 1 pound. A wide range of fishing tackle is available commercially from which crappie anglers can choose. Rigs are commonly used to present bait or lures to waiting crappie and may be tied at home by most anglers.

Cut a 6-inch length from the end of your fishing line with a sharp pair of scissors. This short length will be used for tying a stopper knot on the line.

Determine the depth where you want to present the crappie jig. In most cases, this rig is used in more shallow water situations with the bait presented anywhere from 2- to 5-feet depths.

Tie a stopper knot on the line with the short length you cut from the end of the line earlier. At the point on the line where you want the float to stop, wrap the short length around the line three times. Tie an overhand knot with the free ends of the line and then tie a second overhand knot to lock the stopper knot in place. Pull the ends down tight and cut excess line from the ends with sharp scissors.

Slide a bead down the line to the stopper knot and then slide a float onto the line. The bead will serve to protect the knot from the float as it moves in the water.

Tie a crappie jig onto the end of the main line using a Palomar knot. Feed the free end of the line through the eye of the jig. Double the line and feed it back through the eye. You will now have a loop on one side and a double line on the other. Form an overhand knot with the loop and doubled line, pull the loop down around the bend of the hook and tighten the knot against the eye of the jig. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with scissors.

Items you will need

  • Rod and matched reel
  • 4 lb monofilament fishing line
  • Sharp scissors
  • Bead
  • Float
  • Jig

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

Photo Credits

  • fishing float image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from