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.

Update 11/7/14 Friday, Nov 07, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is 606.7. Water temp is right about 50 degree’s. Water in the creek arms is still pretty colored but the main lake is fairly clear.

CRAPPIE: We are hearing reports of some fish getting caught again. You will have to work for them. The most common theme seems to be 8 to 12 FOW. We are past due for the shad to move to the backs of the coves and up the creek arms but it does not seem to have happened yet. When it does, thats where the crappie will go as well. Hopefully before ice up.

CATFISH: No reports

BASS: No reports

NOTES: The deer rut seems to be starting off slow. While people are seeing bucks chasing does it is not in great numbers at any given time. Maybe this cold weather coming in will help that.

Update 10/30/14 Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 611.2 and dropping steady at a rate of about 9″ per day. Water temp has been holding about 60 but this cold weather should push that down over the next week or so. Water clarity is pretty good.

CRAPPIE: Very few fishermen reporting and even those aren’t catching many as we all wait for that great fall bite to start in the shallows. Colder temps should get it going soon. Those that are catching any are on the bridge piers so that is where I would start if it is numbers you are after.

CATFISH: There have been some smaller blues being caught on shad. As the shad should be moving back into the creek arms soon I would try to intercept the cats as they feed on them.

BASS: No reports.

NOTES: The rut has started as we are seeing bucks hot on the trail of does in the area. There are also more people seeing decent bucks moving around.

ANOTHER NOTE: Youth season is this weekend and that also means it is time for our annual anniversary party. Come join the fun on Saturday, Nov 1 for our 7th anniversary. Call the store for details.

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.

Update 10/9/14 Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 614.5. It has been holding steady for the past 24 hours but that is likely to change at any time. We got .75″ of rain today but it didn’t have any effect on the lake level. Water temp is still in the mid 60′s.

CRAPPIE: There are a few limits being caught but you will have to work for them. They are still in deeper water, not so much up in the arms like one would expect for this time of October. Try tree’s near the edge of channels and points. Minnows should be a big plus.

BASS: No reports

CATFISH: 20 to 30 # blues and flat heads seem to be what is biting. Shad are likely your best bet.

NOTES: The Springfield Crappie Club and South Fork Resort is sponsoring a 2 Man Open Buddy Crappie Tournament on Saturday, Oct 25. This is open to anyone who wants to fish it. Entry fee is $50 per boat. Call us for more info. We have entry forms here.