Catching crappie in open water is the toughest way to catch these fish. Some anglers have figured out how to catch open water crappies, but most anglers don’t even bother with fishing for these fish in open water. After the spawn, crappie move into deeper water. These fish can be found along a breakline, humps, points and rock piles. You can pick crappie up on a fish finder easier than other fish. Crappie will school farther off the bottom than most other fish. If you can find a school of crappie, you can catch them. The hard part is finding them. Start by vertical jigging small jigs tipped with a minnow. Drifting over these areas with small minnows also produces lots of fish.