Isolating and catching deepwater crappies in the basin isn’t terribly difficult – they stick out like a sore thumb on your electronics and where you find one, there’s usually more.
The key is finding them and then staying on them. Once you have found the fish we like to generally punch out the area in order to stay ahead of the moving school.
When targeting these deepwater crappies you’ll want to fish some heavy that will get down to the fish fast. I like using a number 3 Rapala Jigging Rap or a VMC Tungsten probe jig or a VMC wax tail jig.
All three of these baits sink really fast and allow you to stay on top of these roaming schools of panfish.
You just have to see how active the fish are and what kind of style of bait they are willing to bite that day.
Now if you’re chasing panfish in 25+ feet of water, barotrauma and delayed mortality become serious considerations. It’s safe to expect that fish caught within this depth range is doomed for death, no matter how slowly you reel them up. That is where angler ethics comes into play. Once you caught what you are going to eat lay off the school to help protect the resource.