Al’s Goldfish: The Secret Weapon of Successful Crappie Anglers Everywhere

ELIOT, Maine —As the days grow longer and the weather grows warmer, the world around us is transformed by the magic of spring. The air is filled with the gentle whispers of new growth and the promise of new beginnings. For anglers long awaiting warming weather, spring also signals the movement of their favorite panfish, the 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 an assortment of Al’s Goldfish lures.

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

For a change of pace, try jigging with Al’s Helgy, which resembles a hellgrammite – the aquatic larva of the dobsonfly. While it’s pure poison on trout and smallmouth bass, it has also proven itself as a first-rate crappie killer with its unique fluttering action.

Another great choice is Al’s ¼ oz 49er, which flashes and wobbles when retrieved, but is also very productive when jigged, as the lure will dart erratically when jigged 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. makes and markets so much more, including several other sizes and weights of lures, ice fishing jigs, trolling rigs, bottom jigging rigs, and accessories. For a complete look at Al’s Goldfish Lure Company’s entire line, visit,, give them a call at 413-543-1524 or CLICK HERE.

About Al’s Goldfish Lure Company

The company was 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 soared to nearly one 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, present owners Jeff and Mandy DeBuigne celebrated the 70-year anniversary of the Goldfish lure. For more information on Al’s Goldfish Lure Company visit