you can catch crappie year round, i do. just got to have spots you know hold crappie. the best time i catch em is right before the spawn, like a couple weeks before and in the late fall when they are fattening up for winter, although crappie and walleye is all i fish for in the winter i tend to catch bigger ones in the fall. most people agree the funnest time to catch em is in the spring spawn try to wait untill it gets fairly warm outside for about a week then they will be on but a few warm rains could speed em up and vise versa a few cold rains could delay the full on bite. happy fishing!!!!