Summer crappie take some effort. Deep stumps are good targets. It all depends on the the lake depth and your willingness to move. Work each and every stump. In low light and cloudy conditions, shallower stumps will work in the dog days of summer.
Any stump or brush are holding crappie. The hotter it gets and the higher the sun, the trick is to locate the deeper water schools, stumps and brush. The fish are there. It's up to you to zero in on the combo they will eat.
This is where the fun begins. Jigs 'n' grubs, tubes, live bait? What's the hot color of the moment. Minnows or waxworms? 1/8 oz. or 1/4 oz.? What works at 10am. might not work at 2pm. Chartreuse, orange, blue, red, black. One color may stop and another gets hot for awhile. Always alternate 'til you find a pattern.
Work the shade if possible. In clear water, work deeper and shadier.
Move, when nothing is happening. You may be only 50 ft. away from the hot bite. Good Luck on your Crappie quest mbarrett1379. --Tim