Murky water allows anglers to target crappie with slightly heavier tackle, which is great when fishing around timber and brush. Crappie will often seek out shallower water during the spawn. It is not uncommon to find big crappie in only 1 to 2 feet of water near some type of cover like brush piles, overhanging trees or around docks. Crappie also won’t spook as easy, which helps anglers get closer and make more accurate casts to productive fishing spots. The downside is that you’re not sure if any fish are in the area that you’re fishing because you can’t see them. In clear water, you can easily sight fish for crappie during the spawn.
Once crappie move into deeper water after the spawn, anglers have a much tougher time catching fish. In dark water, you can still find fish very deep like you would in clear water lakes during the summer, but crappie tend to stay slightly shallower in the darker water lakes. Instead of being over 30 to 50 feet of water, you may find big schools of crappie in 15 to 25 feet of water and during lowlight conditions, crappie will be much more comfortable moving into 5 to 10 feet of water to feed on bait fish.