The crappie I have caught lately are small, like 7"-9" being the normal size, I don't fish for them much, but do occasionally after I'm through with the Hybrids for the day. We had the best luck on green colored jigs. The County Park, Shell Station and Dam all have good ramps. The dam ramp is pretty flat, so be sure and trim up if you use it. There are places to stay around there, but I'm not sure how good they are. A few miles East, Bridgeport has major hotel chain places and plenty of eating places. You might check Northside Marina, they have cabins and a private ramp. Unless the wind is over 20 mph straight out of the North Or South, that 16' boat will be fine. I live near that lake and have been all over it in a 14' Jon with a 15 hp for many years. Up on the river end, it is pretty tame even when windy. This past 5th of July was a day you didn't want to be on it in your little boat though. We were out in my 22' CC Bay boat, and the lake was really rolling in the 33 mph wind.