Start your search by looking along drop-offs. At this time of the year, the steeper the drop off the better. This is because the Crappie likes to suspend up and down the water column. Some examples of steep structures are inside turns along break lines, mid lake humps or points.
If the Crappie are not along the drop-offs, it's time to move to the nearest deep hole (Most small lakes only have one basin (deep hole). Fish move to these holes so they can enjoy the warmer deep water. The Crappie will suspend all through out the water column when they are in the basins.
Why Fish prefer steep structure because it gives them something to relate to. The Crappie likes to suspend throughout every depth, to find warmer water and to feed.
Fish school together and feed on zoo plankton on soft bottom. Find soft bottom by using your camera or sonar. A weaker signal on your sonar means you've found soft bottom.
Tactic Drill a ton of holes and using an underwater camera along with a sonar to find the fish. Keep on moving until you start marking fish! This is especially important for Basin fishing... Keep Moving if there are no fish!
Great baits to use are heavy jigs, such as tungsten. Tungsten jigs are perfect because they get down to the fish fast, and are still very small in size. Tip the jig with a wax worm, or a spike!