UPDATE 9/16/16 Friday, Sep 16, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 608.2. The Corp is working on getting it back down so mostly we will be in a falling level pattern for the next week or so (yet again). If we could ever figure ut how to score big on crappie during this type of water condition we could double our “good” fishing times as we seem to have spent a lot of the summer with falling water levels. Sounds like a good project for us all to work on…putting together a good solution to this pattern. Water temp is upper 70’s. I last heard the clarity on the main lake is pretty good, but in Middle Fork and South Fork it is pretty muddy.

CRAPPIE: I am still hearing deep water, like 50 or 60 feet. There are a couple of methods that seem to be working….either look on your electronics for the thermocline and fish just above that is one. The other is to just slowly lower your offering until you get bit, supposedly in the 20 foot down area. A 1/8 oz jig in blue or silver and a sparkling body seems to work well.

CATFISH: We heard of a few flatheads being taken and also, due to the rising water, the channel cats have been biting real well. As usual, find incoming water and toss out a crawler or some stinkbait such as Sonny’s.

BASS: There are some whites biting on points and around the islands. Black bass have been pretty tough, just in time for the Buddy Bass tournament this weekend.

UPDATE 9/7/16 Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 604.8. Water temp is about 80. We are expecting some rain over the next couple days.

CRAPPIE: We have been hearing of a decent bite out in deep water, like 50-60 FOW but fishing about 12-15 feet down. Find tree’s in that deep water. Easiest way to fish this way is straight lining a jig and minnow. Blue/chartreuse would be a good color to start with. Another option wa have been hearing about is on the points. You can troll these with crankbaits, pull jigs, or slip bobbers. We have heard of some pretty quick limits getting caught.

BASS: Seems the white bass are hitting pretty good again around the islands and on points. White or shiny is always a good place to start. They are holding pretty tight to the bottom from what I hear so pulling cranks for them could be tough. Largemouth can be caught on the points and at times all the way back in the coves.

CATFISH: There were some pretty good catches this weekend of blues and flatheads, though more flatheads than blues. Perch or shad seem to be the preference right now.

UPDATE 9/2/16 Friday, Sep 02, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 605.5 this morning. We had about 2.4? of rain last weekend but they kept the lake pretty steady.

CRAPPIE: As you can see in the posts, there are people catching keeper fish. You really have to just keep trying things until you find what clicks that day. The most consistent seems to be 15-25 FOW and slowly fish your way up until you get bit. Change jig colors to find the right combination. Pink/black, white chartreuse, silver/chartreuse are a good place to start. Minnows and nibbles will help.

CATFISH: We heard of a lot of flatheads and blues this past weekend. We hear of some good ones coming from rod and reel and also free floating jugs. Shad is still the best choice for bait.

BASS: We are hearing of some decent white bass bites again. I saw several boats around the island last nite. They are still catching largemouth on points and some days in the backs of coves.

UPDATE 8/25/16 Friday, Aug 26, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 605.4 this morning. We had .4″ of rain overnite here but more in the area so it might go up a little bit.

CRAPPIE: As you can see in the posts, there are people catching keeper fish. You really have to just keep trying things until you find what clicks that day. The most consistent seems to be 15-25 FOW and slowly fish your way up until you get bit. Jig color also will change day by day, even hour by hour. A lot depends on the water clarity where you are fishing and intensity of sunlight. Change it up until you find that magic combination. Minnows and nibble usually help turn those light biters into a more aggressive bite.

CATFISH: We heard of a lot of flatheads and blues this past weekend. They must be mostly off the nests or at least coming off. This should improve a lot over the next couple of weeks and months. Shad seems to be the best bait. Sadly we can’t supply that for you.

BASS: We are hearing of some decent white bass bites again. Around the islands, underwater humps, etc.

UPDATE 8/10/16 Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 613.7 and falling pretty quickly. Water clarity should be improving daily. The main lake has maintained fairly good water clarity. Elk Fork and South Fork were pretty dirty over the weekend.

CRAPPIE: As the tournaments show, there are still some darn nice crappie to be had on the lake. Big fish for the last tournament was 1.8# and the same fisherman had big fish the week before at 1.6#. Those are dandy fish. Search the main lake points, bluffs, etc for structure. Jig tipped with a minnow should get you some bites. You aren’t going to fill the boat, but catching a decent meal should not be to difficult. As is normal for this time of the year, look for the thermocline on your electronics. The fish will almost always be above that. On our end of the lake it is around 14 feet down.

CATFISH: There are a few flatheads and blues being caught and that should improve over the next week or two. Channel cats will still take a crawler in the areas where there was flow into the lake.

BASS: Whites seem to have slowed down, but can still be found over main lake humps and islands. I have heard of some good catches using diving plugs. I know some folks are catching some largemouth, but have not heard where. I assume deeper water 10-20 FOW.

UPDATE 7/15/16 Friday, Jul 15, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 609.5. We had another inch of rain yesterday but it looks like it won’t affect the lake much. Long Branch had the most so it will likely be more muddy than the rest.

CRAPPIE: It is tournament time around here so reports will be sketchy for the next 4 weeks. I will find out what I can and give as much general information as I can. Right n ow for us normal fishermen just looking to catch fish I would say bridge piers, bluffs, and brushpiles. Make sure you can fish above the thermocline when you see it on your electronics. It should be somewhere around 12 feet down. On a really hot day it is sometimes possible to find fish dip down below that to cool off. Fish early and late in the day on bluffs, brush, and bridges. You will likely have to weed through a lot of small fish to catch enough keepers for a meal.

CATFISH: Channel cats should be biting wherever you can find inflow. Crawlers are generally a good bet. We have not heard much on blues or flatheads so I assume a lot of them are on the nest right now. That is not to say you can’t catch some since they don’t all go down at the same time.

BASS: Whites still seem to be hitting in the evening. Small crankbaits are getting hit. As a bonus you might catch some crappie or walleye in the mix. Points, humps, and islands are the place to be for these. We have heard of a lot of largemouth being caught but they seem to be hot one day and cold the next.

NOTES: We are starting our 4 week tournament streak here on the lake. Chigger Hill has their’s tomorrow. You can still enter that one. Their phone number is on our links page. The following week is the Shack tournament, which is always a good one and a fundraiser for local charities. After that is Jack and Jill tournament, which is a fundraiser for breast cancer work. Finally, on August 6 is the Crappie Master tournament. Check with us for information on any of these. The weigh in’s are always a good time.