The Secret Weapon of Successful Crappie Anglers Everywhere

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, the world around us is transformed by the magic of spring. The air is filled with soft whispers of new growth and the promise of new beginnings. For anglers long awaiting warm weather, spring also signals the movement of your favorite panfish, crappie, to their spawning grounds. It’s time for some fast and furious fishing, if you have the right lures. And none catch Crappie better than a variety of Al’s Goldfish lures.

For decades crappie and panfish anglers have relied on the original 3/16 oz. Al’s Goldfish in the conventional configuration, with the treble hook off the tail. Its unmatched versatility keeps you catching a wide variety of fish species, including crappie and other panfish. While there are over a dozen colors available, the metallic flash and splash of color mimics the small bait fish that crappies love. And there’s also the 3/16 oz. Goldfish Ice Jig with a single hook at the tip – perfect for vertical jigging in and around brush piles, sunken trees and other thick structure cover that attracts and retains schools of spring crappie.

For a change of pace, try jigging with Al’s Helgy, who resembles a hellgrammite, the aquatic larva of the dobson fly. While it is pure poison for trout and smallmouth bass, it has also proven to be a top-tier crappie killer with its unique flapping action.

Another great option is Al’s ¼oz 49er, which flashes and wobbles when retrieved, but is also very productive when set, as the lure will cast erratically when picked up and flutter on the drop, which makes the lure attractive to aggressive crappie.

In addition to these deadly Crappie lures, Al’s Goldfish Lure Co. manufactures and markets much more, including various other sizes and weights of lures, ice fishing hooks, trolling hooks, bottom fishing hooks, and accessories. To see the complete line of Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, visit, call them at 413-543-1524.

About Al’s Goldfish Lure Company
The company launched in 1952 with a single pioneering spoon lure, known as Stuart’s Goldfish, named after founder Al Stuart. The company’s flagship lure was renamed Al’s Goldfish in 1954, and by 1973 the popularity of the Goldfish lure skyrocketed to nearly a million lures sold in a year. Along the way, other popular lures, such as the Forty-Niner and Helgy, and hook-bonnet lure accessories were added to the company’s list of American-made products. In 2015 the line was expanded to include the Saltwater Goldfish series. In 2022, current owners Jeff and Mandy DeBuigne celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Goldfish lure. For more information on Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, visit