Update 10/15/14 Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 by Ron
Lake level is at 618.5 and rising. It has slowed down so I would guess it will peak tomorrow somewhere around 619. That makes for a lot of flooded grass, which should make for some great duck hunting. There will also be better access to the backs of the coves for when the shad move back and the crappie follow them. It seems the temp gauge at the dam broke since it is stuck on 32 and I didn’t see any ice formed yet.
Crappie: The fishing is slow and deliberate right now. 20-25 FOW, drop to the bottom and come up real slow. Fish up next to tree’s at the edge of channels or just off points. If you know of any structure in that depth range now is a good time to give it a try. Bridge piers can be fruitful as well. Blue/white and orange/white seem to be working.
BASS: No reports, though I suspect you can find some whites around the islands or on points.
CATFISH: We still hear about some 20 to 30# blue’s and flat heads being caught on shad out on the flats.
NOTES: Remember…this is the weekend of the Halloween Extravaganza over at Indian Creek Campground. If you have been there you know how good it is, if you haven’t I can tell you, it is a great event to go out and enjoy. I know I will be out there with Andrew (grandson) on Saturday night. This event was cancelled last year due to the gov’t shutdown so it should be back with bells on this year.
ANOTHER NOTE: Next weekend the Springfield Crappie Club is sponsoring an Open fishing tournament. Anyone can fish it so come on out and have some fun with the last tournament of the year. Entry fee is only $50 per boat with a 70% payback. Weigh in is here at the resort.