As I have said many times before, when the dogwoods bloom in early spring it is time to head to the backwaters and creeks to fish for early season crappie.
I have used this pattern for a starting point for spring crappie fishing for as long as I can remember. It always seems to work out well and produces a lot of nice crappie.
I love to fish any type of wood cover that is a cast or less from the bank. Most of the time between four to six feet deep will work just fine.
When fishing in or around heavy wood cover, I like to use a floater. Some fishermen like it better without one. I have a couple of reasons I prefer to use one. For one, I like the little bit of extra weight to make longer casts and to put the bait in one spot and let the crappie find it. Also, when fishing in heavy cover where it is easy to get hung up, a floater will keep your bait up and not let it drop down into the cover and get you hung up so badly. But to me, the most important thing about the floater is that crappie move vertically up and down a lot during a day.
Finding the depth where the crappie are most active will help you to catch more fish. If the action slows, do not be afraid to change depth with your bait to find the most active depth. Sometimes giving your pole a slow up-and-down pumping action gives your bait an action that is very attractive to feeding crappie.
Now is the time to get out and get started on your crappie fishing.