However, anglers should give crappie a second look when the leaves begin to change as it can produce some of the best and most-exciting crappie fishing you will find.
Minnows are a great bait of choice for crappie in any circumstance, but can be especially deadly during the autumn months as the fish begin to prepare for a long winter by hunting out smaller fish. Night fishing is actually pretty decent in the fall -- just be sure to bundle up and stay warm -- and using a glow-in-the-dark or battery-operated bobber can help draw crappie in from the various depths as they are more likely to scatter once the water temperature evens out at different depths.
In ponds, you can simply cast and retrieve a jig at a slow-to-medium pace, occasionally using a jerking action for best results.
If you are fishing in a boat on a larger lake, you may consider dropping your jig down directly below you and then bobbing it up and down at various water depths while trolling. This will help you cover a lot of ground as far as water depth is concerned, as crappie could be at any depth come fall.