small crappie are usually the first to go to the brushpiles in the spring, and the last to leave in the fall. try looking for deeper cover and structure, and also very shallow cover or structure that you wouldnt normally fish, like 2 to 10 feet, or 21 to 38 ft. you wont catch as many fish, but you will likely catch some better fish. once most lakes turn over, crappie will scatter more, usually into smaller schools chasing small schools of baitfish, then as it gets colder, they will consolidate into bigger schools of fish, and baitfish.
Waco Kid’s guide service. Crappie fishing on lake Waco, Tradinghouse, and Aquilla