Here in NW Ohio crappies are a spring fish, flesh is firm, when water gets too warm the flesh tends to soften up and not quite as good. Ronn, you have way too much time on your hands, where's that 2nd-3rd job to prevent having outdoor fun??? Nice fish and good eating. Would rate crappies right behind Lake Erie yellow perch and walleye. Blue gill are also great eating fish. Bass are way down the list for eating and I encourage the release also!