As all of our southern Ontario lakes and smaller reservoirs open-up and shoreline water temperatures warm up, crappie and other panfish will start to move shallow to feed and eventually spawn. The ideal temperature to find them in the shallows starts at 42F.
Water temperatures around the upper-50°F to 60°F range begin activate crappie even shallower to spawn. Peak spawning in most waters occurs at water temps of 68°F to 72°F.
Now is a good time to fish 1/8 oz. jigs with 1-2″ plastic grubs and also small, live minnows under a sensitive slip-float. Crappie can be found in water as shallow as 2-8′ depending on the body of water. Moving water areas like inflows and outflows, canals that meet a lake or reservoir are always early season hot-spots!