Kentucky Lake Crappie Fishing; Final comment.
As the other members have suggested, look at the previous posts. I actually gave links to local fishing reports on the web to someone who was also coming down here. I have lived here a year and found it really difficult to get information due to the secretive nature of the fishermen. I attribute that to a couple of things; first most serious crappie fishermen here put out brush piles or stakebeds for their own use. They do that because of the lack of natural cover for spawning/schooling crappie. Knowing where these pieces of structure are is a big difference in the consistent success of the locals. These locations are also hard to communicate, especially since I don't know the locations. Second I think it is the natural tendencies to be territorial. "My Stakebeds..."
My recommendations are similar to the other posts you'll find; ask questions where you stay & where you spend money on bait and tackle (avoid Walmart and spend it at the little guy's place) because they will have the best reason to help. Once you're on the lake, move allot. The people catching allot of crappie down here have allot of lines in the water (known as spider rigs) and are usually moving if they aren't catching. The combination of multiple line techniques and moving around (slow movement with trolling motor) allows them to cover a bunch of water. This is especially helpful during the most prominent situation with crappie; being scattered. Look for brush piles and stakebeds (by law they must be marked with a white PVC-type indicator if they're shallow). Fish above and around the cover, then try in the cover, and then move on. Jigs, usually tubes or twister tails are going to be the best bet; chartreuse & white and red accents (jighead or color combinations) sure seem to be the go-to colors. Can't forget minnows, but if you stick with the mobility theory, jigs lend themselves much better, and I haven't seen minnows out-produce jigs here (but I have on Shelbyville and Clinton). There are a bunch of guides around here, you should seriously consider getting one at the beginning of your trip; lots of water down here, and it all looks fishy!
J.R. (no longer) in Plainfield
Catch and Release (except for the occasional crappie or walleye fish fry)