This time of year I'm using Minnows. Dead or dying minnows are best. Shad will catch them but shad are so fragile that bait steelers can take them off easy. I live at the cliffs so I'm fishing by the dam.
PK Crappie have plenty of structure to choose from as the lake is full of trees. The big draw is shade. You need to find a marina or a big dock with a boat that sits all the time. Needs to be in deep water, as the crappie don't like the 88 deg surface temp any more than the other fish.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee.