I have bad news and good news. The bad news is water temperatures are starting to drop rather quickly with fall rains, cooler nights and shorter days. The good news is Crappie are starting to migrate back to the shallows and you can have some excellent fishing for them especially just before dark to intercept them even from shorelines.
Gabor Horvat who loves to fish southern Ontario reservoirs knows all about water temp. drop and fishing heating up. While Crappie can disperse throughout a lake and feed at all depths in open water during the summer time, fall draws them back to their spring areas and they especially love moving water. This means fishing around any inlets/outlets to lakes, river and stream mouths and even in canals where there is some water flow produced by prevailing winds.
These fall Crappie feed so aggressively that you can catch them on micro-crankbaits, 1-2″ soft-plastics like the Lunker City Fin-S Fish or Helgies or Fishing Complete Case Lil Hellgramite . Timing is everything so head to your favorite spring Crappie spot and check it our during the day and also just before dark.