In the Spring during spawn try looking for fallen trees and shoreline brush. Try a jig or live minnow fished under a bobber close to the fallen trees, etc. Often you have to fish as close a possible to the brush or you won't get many bites. In deeper water fish straight down without a bobber using the same type of baits. You may need to change jig colors until you find the one they want that day. If you don't have a fish finder you could do some drifting in likely looking spots. Once you catch one try to mark that spot because there will probably be more in that area. Good luck.
spring & fall - slip bobber with a fathead on a jig. finding the right depth is the key & sometimes the guy fishing on the right side of the brush pile will be killing them and the guy on the left gets almost nothing.
I agree with what's been posted and would add that Crappie can be in different places in the water column. And they don't look down, so if you're not getting bite's bring your jig's up in the water column until you find the sweet spot. This approach is useful when you don't have electronics. Good fishin". CleoW .