I have a good friend who crappie fishes Athens from time to time. I've never been close to there, but he tells me the lake is really clear. He eases around and finds brushpiles in fairly deep water, marks them, then backs off and casts jigs over the top of the piles. I've seen some pictures of some nice stringers that he's taken from there.
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