There are always some crappie to catch in the creeks. However, the numbers of good sized fish goes up considerably around Thanksgiving assuming that the weather has gotten pretty cold. They will usually stay in the creeks in good numbers till early to mid May when the numbers of good fish will drop off big time. Every creek is not the same as some will hold mostly smaller fish and some will hold mostly keepers. Also, the colder the weather, the better the bite will be.