UPDATE 2/24/17 Friday, Feb 24, 2017 by Ron

Lake level is 601.3 and you can find some warmer water in some of the coves and on dark bottom flats. There have been some people out fishing the past couple of weekends with the nice weather we were having. This weekend will be not so nice. Most of the people I have talked with are catching 4 or 5 keepers but I did hear of one guy that had a nice limit this past Tuesday. Try the south facing rock bluffs if the sun is shining, or the sunny side of the bridge piers. We have heard of a few blue cats being caught, though not on any of the lines we had out. Hard to believe it is only Feb, as we have robins around and I even saw a bullfrog in the pond the other day. The snow geese have been filling the skies around here for the past several weeks if you are interested in hunting for them.

NOTES: The tree drop is scheduled to take place March 25th. We plan to get started at 9:00 am at the Southfork ramp. Spalding will be taking place the same day. No word yet if they will be doing it at Northfork. If you have trees you want to sink give me a call and we can work through the details to make sure it gets done. As always, we welcome help to get this done. It makes for a fun morning and we are usually done before noon. Give us a call if you can help. We will again be using the Corp barge under Shelly’s steady hand to haul the tree’s out.

UPDATE 12/23/16 Friday, Dec 23, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 600.7. Be careful out there. At this level there is a lot of ground showing and a lot of areas here you can usualy get to that you now can’t. The whole west end of the lake is frozen over. Basically everything west of Hwy 107 is iced over. Open ramps include the State Park ramp at 107, Robert Allen, Shell Bramch, Ray Behrens, and Spalding. I have not talked with anyone that has been out fishing lately but if normal holds true then the crappie should be biting on the bridge piers by now. On a clear day you can likely find fish on the south facing bluffs as well. On a hunting note, from all reports, the duck hunting is really good right now. The mallards have moved in and with the west end of the lake frozen they are concentrated on the main lake. Be very careful out there as drowning and hypothermia are very real threats this time of year. Take a buddy along and let someone know where you are going and when they should expect you home.

NOTES: All of us here at Southfork wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

UPDATE 11/28/16 Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 602.3. We got a little bit of rain over the weekend, but not enough to raise the level any. Water is pretty clear and temps are in the lower to mid 50’s. With the way the near future forecast looks those temps are going to go down pretty quickly over the next 10 days. Right now people are catching some nice crappie in normal fall fashion back in the coves in shallow water. You can use minnows or jigs to get them to bite. They do tend to be pretty aggressive this time of the year. We have heard of some darn good catches in the past week. Now that deer season is a memory for most people it is a good time to come out and get into a nice batch of fresh crappie fillets to get you through the winter. We still have minnows and goldfish and crawlers here at the resort. The store is open on Friday, Saturday 7 to 7 and Sunday 7 to noon. We will still cook on Friday and Saturday for the next couple of weeks doing pizza’s, fried chicken, burgers, and pulled pork. If you want ribs just let me know in advance and I will get them done. We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. We do still have 2 rooms available for the special deer hunt the weekend of Dec 10 and 11.

UPDATE 11/15/16 Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 603.6. Water temp is finally coming down into the upper 50’s, lower 60’s. The fall crappie bite is finally getting started with decent fish coming in the back of the coves in shallow water. Watch for the shad. They can be caught either 3 feet or 14 feet depending on time of day. They do like the sun to be shining. Dipping tree’s seems to be the best bet. No reports on any other fish other than white bass, which can be caught in the same area’s as the crappie. Go out and catch some of these late season fish.

UPDATE 10/26/16 Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 605.7. Water is fairly clear unless you find areas that are turning over. Water temp is 63 or so.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is fair but scattered. Some people are catching them in 20 FOW all the way to the bottom. This seems to be the best bet to start at. Others are catching them back in the creek arms in 4-7 FOW. That should turn into the more consistent bite over the next few weeks. Orange/brown, chartreuse/brown seem to be a good color to start with.

CATFISH: Blues are the best bite right now, but I know there were some decent flatheads caught this past weekend. Many more blues though. Goldfish, carp (cut), and perch seem to be doing well.

BASS: Have not heard of many largemouth being caught but a few whites are still biting.

NOTES: Youth season is this weekend. Be careful out there. Our anniversary party is Saturday nite. Stop on in and have something to eat and drink with us. By the way, we still have a couple of motel rooms open for opening weekend of deer season. Give us a call and we can get you set up.

UPDATE 10/18/16 Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 606.7. Water temp is about 60 on most peoples electronics.

CRAPPIE: The bite is pretty good right now anywhere from near the banks in some spots on some days to 20 FOW on other days. If you have brushpiles to fish now is a good time to try them out at varied depths. Black/Chartreuse seems to be a good color to start with. Some days they want big minnows and some days they seem to prefer smaller ones. Not that you won’t catch fish if you have the wrong ones, but they just seem to bite quicker on a particular size any given day. Maybe by adding a nibble it will reduce that factor.

CATFISH: Blues seem to be the better bite right now between the 2 bigger species, but channels are also a pretty good bite now. The blue bite should only get better as the water cools down as they feed up for winter. Shad, perch, and asian carp seem to be doing well.

BASS: We have not heard much about whites lately, but the largemouth bite seems to be doing pretty good the past couple of weeks. Back in the creeks is a good place to start looking for them.

NOTES: We are having our annual anniversary party on Saturday, Oct 29. It will run from 5:00 until who knows when. We will have chili, sandwiches, beer and soda. Come help us celebrate. Call Mary for details. Hard to believe this is our 9th anniversary already. Also, don’t forget, as usual the youth deer hunt is that same weekend, Oct 29 and 30.