One of my favorite ladies, “Fisher Grandma” in Ohio swears by gold crappie hooks. She uses a size 6 tru-turn gold hook with a minnow to slam 13″ black crappies all day long.
She says she uses a “colorful” 1/16 oz. jig while wade fishing.
Now, I haven’t tried this myself, but each May she says the gold hook really slams ’em. Worth a shot.