The secret to crappie-fishing success — regardless of the season — is realizing crappie always concentrate in areas providing the most comfortable living conditions and learning to identify those areas. As time goes on, you'll be able to learn this just by experience, but a few tips help too, right? In fall, conditions are theoretically such that crappie can live anywhere within the lake. In actuality, factors such as oxygen content, light penetration and food availability still greatly influence a crappie's choice of where to feet and live. Crappie respond to debris turnover in the fall by seeking areas with good quality water. To find them, savvy anglers do likewise. An easy way is working tributaries bringing fresh water into the lake. Another way is looking for areas where turnover has not begun. On some large reservoirs, different arms turn over at different times; anglers can concentrate their efforts in areas that aren't visibly affected. When turnover causes excessive amounts of decaying debris, oxygen suddenly drops in the water concentration. When this happens, crappie must find water with more oxygen immediately. They frequently solve the problem by going directly to the nearest source, which is surface oxygen from wind and waves. Consequently, windswept shorelines with shallow cover may be productive crappie fishing spots. Locate the places crappie flock to during turnover, and your fishing will remain productive!