Late report. Out last Tuesday with my dad and brother from shore. Crappie were in NMZ as I expected when I heard what the water temps were. Fished 6 hrs, we caught well over 100 fish in total. I personally lost track around 50. Started with large fatheads under floats and I caught a few like that. Got bored with watching the bobber. I decided to start working lay downs with a 1/16 oz hair jigs. that was the ticket, catching 6 fish in 7 casts to start it out. White with pink worked best. Most fish were in the 9" range but did get a few 10's couple 11's and a 12. My dad and brother switched to same technique after using 5 dozen minnows and they hammered em as well. We kept 9 fish for dinner.
With the size down the last couple years, and people posting worried about population, I was skeptical on peoples theories... In seeing this seasons spawn with tons of 9 to 9.5 inch fish I think we will start to see the big ones through the ice again in the next couple of seasons. I have not seen this many fish spawning in the NMZ ever and have been fishing Shabby pretty hard for last 10 years. I have to side with the theory that these fish go in cycles and can remember some pretty bad spawn conditions a couple 3 or 4 years ago for a couple years straight. This year water up, plenty of hiding places for spawning fish and huge numbers of spawning fish so hopefully that helps our gem of a crappy lake get back to numbers of big fish.
Good luck out there!