There are many facts and misunderstandings about the crappie spawn but the most important thing you need to know is the spawn is a GREAT time to fish! When the lake water temperature reached 55 -65 degrees you need to be on the water. Target and fish shallow lake arms during the early spawn as the water will warm up earlier in these areas vs. deeper coves and lake arms. Importantly, pay attention to your electronics so you know where the fish are, when they move shallow, and fish accordingly. Many people use jigs exclusively to catch crappie during all seasons of the year however quite a few prefer to go "old school" and utilize live bait such as minnows. Live bait can be very effective when utilized properly and many prefer to fish live bait under a slip cork. It's always fun to see a cork disappear when the bite occurs and its a great way for beginners to fish. Others like to cork crappie with jigs and this too is an effective way to catch Crappie. Regardless of your preferred technique, be sure to get out on the water in the spring time of the year and enjoy the unique spawn fishing season before the fish scatter and move deeper. Tight lines!