Spring: **Tim Gibson finds crappies staging or spawning in the milfoil at Patoka Lake. He favors 2- to 3-inch curlytail grubs on a 1/16-ounce jighead and 4-pound-test line. He hops the jigs with an erratic retrieve over the tops of the weeds. "In Louisiana crappies are never in the weeds except during the spawn," says Richard Lindsey, who likes a 1/64- or 1/32-ounce hair jig fished 1½ to 2 feet under a bobber. He casts the rig along weed edges or into pockets of water hyacinths and pops the cork during his retrieve. **Post-spawn: Gibson targets grass beds at the mouths of coves, where he catches crappies until the end of June. The same grub tactics that produced for him in the early spring work again on post-spawn crappies recuperating in the weeds. Lindsey occasionally uses his jig-and-bobber rig around the outside edges of weeds and hyacinth colonies but generally switches to other warm-weather patterns.