Update 2/21/15 Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 by Ron

The lake is frozen over…again. We were all set to start fishing but the lake is pretty well covered with ice again. The cold weather this week will assure that it remains covered for at least the next 2 weeks. We also got another 5″ of snow overnite. It looks like winter #2 is here for a while. On a high note, we have been seeing some snow geese around and lots of Canada’s. There is also a good crop of rabbits to be found. One thing the snow helps with is coyote hunting. You can bet there are a lot of them and snow makes them easier to see.

Update 2/4/15 Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 by Ron

Lake level is at 603.5. The Southfork and 107 ramps are free of ice. You can reach the bridges on the water at both, but there is ice west of the 107 bridges. If you get out there to fish I would recommend trying the bridge piers and any bluffs that are facing south as that water will be a bit warmer. According to the Corp, the road into the Spillway are is closed due to icy road.

The tree drop is scheduled for March 21, 2015 weather permitting. If you can help us get the tree’s out there let us know. It is a great way to learn where those drops are located and help the future fishing for all. They will need some help at Spalding ramp as well. Just call the Corp office and let them know.

Update 1/26/15 Monday, Jan 26, 2015 by Ron

Lake level is at 603 and steady. The lake is wide open on the dam end of the lake. The only ramp that seems to be useable at this time is John Spaulding. My understanding is there is a path where there is a very light skim of ice, but people have been getting on through it. With the warm weather this week there should be more open soon. Deep brush, bridge piers, and even the face of the dam could produce some fish.

Update 1/8/15 Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 by Ron

Lake level is 603.3. The main lake looks to be open, but both the North and Middle Fork bridges are iced in. It looks like one could put in up near the dam and fish the face of the dam or a bluff up there. I am sure fish are there to be found. Before this last cold weather there were still people out catching limits of crappie. If you are thinking of coming up to fish just give us a call and we will find out which ramps are accessible. Small game hunting is open until Feb 15. There are lot’s of squirrels around and there seems to be plenty of rabbits this year as well. Of course, you can also go out and try for a few coyotes or foxes. There seems to be plenty of them as well.

NOTES: Happy New Year to all. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again this year. I am sure you will notice some changes around the resort.

Update 12/20/14 Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is 602.7. The lake is not iced over yet so fishing is still an option.

CRAPPIE: There have been some people out on the water but we have not gotten a lot of feedback as to how they are doing. I do know of a few who have been catching fish. The crappie will likely be schooled up now. Fish the bluffs, bridge piers, and submerged structure such as brush piles. Cold fronts will push them deep, I have heard of catching them as deep as 35 feet down in 90 FOW. Warm days and sunshine will bring them up closer to the top in the 7 to 10 foot range.

BASS: No reports

CATFISH: There have been a few people out fishing for blue’s and channel’s. No reports as to how they did, but it should be a good time to fish up near the dam.

All of us here at SouthFork would like to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and we hope you have a fantastic New Year. I hope your stocking is stuffed with all the new gear you need to make next season your best ever.

Update 11/13/14 Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is 605.4. Water clarity is pretty good. Water temp is 48.

CRAPPIE: Well, it looks like we missed the fall bite up in the creek arms. As far as I know they never made it up there. It is possible that could still happen if the lake doesn’t freeze up first. Right now the bite is pretty tough. We managed to keep a few that we caught in 12 FOW this past Sunday but mostly we caught shorts. Not one came on a minnow. I would try the bridge piers, riprap, or bluffs if I was going to head out.

BASS: We saw a nice 2# white caught the other day, other than that no reports.

CATFISH: No reports

NOTES: Saturday is the firearm opener so everyone be careful out there. There will be a lot of people in the woods and naturally there is the occasional person who isn’t as safety conscious as we would like. Wear your orange!! The rut is definitely on. I almost ran a very nice buck over in the State Park this week. We do still have a motel room open for the weekend.