The two fishing opportunities that anglers most often concentrate on in the late winter and early spring are trout fishing and crappie fishing. Of the two, the early season trout fishing opportunities are easily the best known.
Advanced crappie fishing may be one of the least known of the local fishing opportunities locally. The anglers that I have met tend to be pretty quiet about the fish they are catching and are particularly closed-mouthed about the places they are catching their fish. Great crappie holes are well guarded secrets.
Crappies are not large fish, but they are serious predators and are taken mostly on small minnows or small jigs that imitate minnows. For many years, small marabou jigs were the lure most crappies fishermen used, but now plastics are the most popular. Crappies have small mouths, and the jigs 1/16-ounce range are a good starting point.
Many anglers use live minnows exclusively and bait shops often offer the very small shiners for just this purpose. They are often referred to as crappie minnows.