Crappie are very common in lakes all throughout the country. Crappie can be found near all types of shallow cover during the spring time when water temperatures warm into the high 50s and low 60s. Some of the better areas to fish are in the bays, near shoreline timber and brush, along rocky shorelines, and around docks.
Once the spawn is over, expect to find most of the crappie in deeper water. Deeper weed lines, steep drop-offs, mid-lake humps, rock piles and brush piles are all good spots to target crappie in deeper water. Schools of crappie can also be found suspended over very deep water. These fish are probably the hardest to catch for most fishermen. It’s not easy to find crappie suspended in open water. Some fish will suspend 15 to 20 feet down over water as deep as 30 to 50 feet in the summer and fall.
Some of the better crappie fishermen will target crappie along that first break line in 8 to 12 feet of water during the early morning, evening and at night during the summer months. Good numbers of crappie will move into the shallower weeds to grab an easy meal during lowlight conditions. This pattern usually works from early summer through the fall.