Went fishing Sunday, 5/13. Met a gentleman by the name of Willie at the ramp, he gave me some tips on where to find crappie, as I am still a noob. Tips turned out to be gold - thanks a ton! Got between 60 and 80 crappie, but fished all day. If you find them, lure didn't matter. Took home only 6 crappie and 4 bluegill, but some of those had bleeding gills and I kept them because they were gona die, not because of good size. Biggest crappie was exactly 10.5" - not quite a slab, but a personal best for me. Also a 10 and 3 9s. So many 6-7 inchers.
I read some previous posts. I dont understand much, but if a noob like me can catch that many in a day it is very hard to believe the crappie is overfished. The schools were THICK. There must be a different reason for lack of big ones. Nobody releases fish over 10", so its hard to find 13 inchers. But there is no shortage of small ones..