Additional passes past the buoy brought in more crappies. "So today they like red," Bennis said, unhooking one that had taken a red-headed jig. Crappies are indeed color selective, and what they go for can change daily, if not hourly. That's why crappie jigs come in such an array of hues. Bennis said I could simplify things by sticking with the basics, such as white, black, chartreuse, yellow, and red, one of which would usually catch fish.