Lacking specific knowledge about a lake or reservoir or reports about what the crappie have been doing, some of the best places to begin searching for crappie any given day are waters beneath any bridges that span a lake’s main body or any significant lake arm.

Bridges consistently hold crappie (and other gamefish) for a number of reasons. First, they often span natural funnels, where baitfish and gamefish would concentrate anyway. In addition, bridges provide structure at various depths in the form of their supports and additional structure along their banks, which often are lined with riprap. Plus, the bridge supports commonly provide current breaks and consequently ambush points. Bridges also create all-day shade, and if waters beneath them are even partially lit from streetlights at night, that draws plankton and therefore minnows.

Another nice thing about bridges is that they commonly put good fishing within easy casting range of the bank. Whether fish are beside the riprap at your feet or against pier supports, you can use a slip float to present a jig or minnow at any depth. A Wobble Bobber is a good choice for bank fishing because it’s weighted for long casts and because it naturally adds action to a crappie jig.

If you have a boat, an excellent bridge fishing approach is to use electronics to find out where the crappie and bait are concentrated and tie off or anchor near a bridge support in that area just before dark. Fish with a light shining down into the water and minnows suspended under floats in and around the lit area.