The wind can definitely play a role in positioning crappie. A light wind may not do too much, but once the winds become heavier, tiny organisms will get pushed across the lake and into points, bays and wind-blown shorelines. Smaller minnows and bait fish will follow their food source and crappie will be right behind them. During the spring, when crappie are in the shallows, the wind-blown shorelines are usually productive for crappie, especially if there is some type of cover such as timber, docks, weeds or rock.
During the summer and fall, when most crappie are found in deeper water, the wind can still play a role in positioning the fish. Instead of finding crappie along a wind-blown shoreline, they may stack up in deeper water where the wind is blowing into a point, over a mid-lake rock pile or into submerged trees. You can still find them in the shallows, but the deeper water will almost always hold better quality fish during the summer and fall.