Update 10/1/14 Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 608.7 and rising. We had 2.25″ of rain here today. After 9 days of very steady lake level I think this will actually be a good thing. It was starting to feel like we were fishing a lake instead of an impoundment. Water clarity was near 3 feet and I assume that will change as will the water temp, which was hanging in the upper 70′s.

CRAPPIE: Limits are hard work right now. There are folks getting them, but they are fishing hard and mostly it takes the better part of the day to get there. We have seen some dandy fish come in….13″, 14″, even a few over that. Fall fishing should be great! 15 feet down seems to be the most common depth to fish, but it can be in 18 FOW or 30 FOW.

BASS: No reports this week but I heard of some whites caught in the past couple of weeks and that should improve as it cools down.

CATFISH: The influx of water should turn the channel cats on again. Fish where there is inflow. Crawlers, stinkbait, the normal stuff. There have been some nice 20 to 30# flatheads and blues caught on flats using shad, perch, and goldfish over the past 2 weeks.

NOTES: There are many many pelicans on the lake. I don’t know about the other end, but they are in all Forks on this end. They present quite a sight and are a sure sign of autumn.

Update 9/26/14 Friday, Sep 26, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 608.2. It has been holding steady all week. The longer it stays at this level the better the fishing should get. Water temp has been hanging at about 70.

CRAPPIE: The fishing this past week has been pretty tough. There were some people catching a few, but not many. The reports yesterday were better with people catching a few more. It should get better as the days of steady weather and steady lake levels continue. They should start moving up into the creek arms over the next few weeks. Right now I would try on rocky points, riprap, bridge piers and brush piles. You will have to make a lot of moves.

BASS: No reports this week, but it took over 29# to win the 2 day Buddy Bass tournament last weekend so you know there are some fish biting. I have heard the better bite is shallow.

CATFISH: There have been some decent blue’s and flat heads getting caught on flats of about 14 FOW. Shad or goldfish seem to work well.

NOTES: Don’t forget the Halloween Walk up at Indian Creek on Oct 17 and 18. If you haven’t been there it is a great place to take the youngsters. They really do it right.

Update 9/18/14 Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 by Ron

Lake lake level- it’s up, it’s down. It was up 9 feet from the last rain, hitting 612.5 on Monday. Right now it is back down to 610.8 and falling. North Fork was where the most inflow came in so obviously that was also the dirtiest water. Water temp is in the low 70′s.

CRAPPIE: This week has been tough fishing with most of those getting caught coming from near bottom anywhere from 10 to 20 FOW. Even on structure they are hanging deep.

BASS: No reports

CATFISH: We saw some excellent flatheads last weekend so it is time for some good fall fishing to start on both those and blue’s. You can be sure the channel cat’s are also active with all of the food washed into the lake from the recent rains. We will have perch starting Friday.

NOTES: The Buddy Bass tournament is this weekend. Last I heard there were 133 boats registered so I assume they will be near 150 by launch time. Weigh in will be held at Black Jack Marina on both Saturday and Sunday. Weigh in is 3:00 Saturday and 2:00 Sunday. Be there an hour prior in order to catch the early weigh in’s.

Update 9/11/14 Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 607. That is a 3.5 foot rise since Tuesday. We had 2.75″ of rain here but there was a lot more in the surrounding area. The biggest influx is coming in on North Fork, so naturally you will encounter a lot of dirty water there.

CRAPPIE: They are still scattered at all depths. 3 FOW on timber and brush and 30 FOW on tree’s, piers, etc. You can also find some on rocky points suspending. Jigs have been successful as have minnows. Most likely you will have to work for them. They are out there and they will bite most days, you just have to find them. With the water color going back to normal MTL stained I would think you will want some chartreuse on your jog. A nibble also will add some scent.

CATFISH: Blues are starting to hit pretty good. Size is running anywhere from 10 to 45#. Goldfish are working as are perch. I am sure the channel cats will be going strong with all of the influx of water and with it, food. Crawlers are a good bet.

BASS: No word on largemouth but we have heard several reports of good bites on whites. Rocky points, islands, even near the bridge piers at times.

NOTES: We now have a good supply of Muddy Water, Bobby Garland, Charlie Brewer Crappie Sliders, Swarm Jigs, Thumper Jigs, and a few remaining Crappie rockets. The Thumper jigs are hand tied locally and seem to work quite well.

Update 9/4/14 Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 603.8. The water is as clear as I have ever seen it on the main lake. I hear it does get some color if you move further back into the rivers.

CRAPPIE: The fishing is pretty varied right now. You just have to move around until you hit the right spot. They are catching some dandy fish in 3 FOW on timber and also in 40 FOW on channel edge timber. The thermocline is at about 22′. As usual you can use most anything as long as it has some chartreuse in it. We have seen some real good fish this past week. If you look at the pictures you can see the 3 that went 1# 13, 14 and 14. Those were all caught in one spot.

CATFISH: We have heard of a few nice blues in the 40# range this past week but other than that it has been pretty quiet. That should change soon.

BASS: Several people have said they had good catches of whites lately. Rocky points and the islands are a good place to look for these, with some coming from the bridge piers as well. Use something white and/or shiny to attract a bite from them.

NOTES: As another summer season draws to a close Mary and I would like to thank all of you for your support here at the resort and also your participation on this blog. We had a very enjoyable summer here and are looking forward to some fantastic fall fishing and a successful hunting season as well. It is hard to believe we are already into dove season and almost ready for archery season.

Update 8/26/14 Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 605. Water should be pretty clear (for MTL anyway). Water temp is in the low 80′s but I am sure you will find it much warmer in the afternoons on these hot days. The level is getting down there again so be extra careful of stumps.

CRAPPIE: The bite has been pretty good in spite of the cold and heat swapping places on us on a regular basis. It seems the crappie can be found anywhere from very deep as in about 20 feet in 40 FOW all the way to 5 feet in 6-8 FOW. A lot will depend on whether we have clear or cloudy and hot or cool. Watch closely for shad and also for the sea gulls feeding. Colors also seem to change a lot as far as jigs. Chartreuse and black, pink, orange, or blue all seem to be working at one time or another or any other combination of those colors to for that matter. Minnows are also working quite well and of course the meal wouldn’t be complete without a nibble of some sort added to the mix. If you can find a sunken brushpile in about 18-20 FOW you stand a pretty good chance of finding some for the frying pan.

BASS: No reports lately

CATFISH: It seems the blues are starting to come around. We have heard of some fishermen (and women) doing pretty good on them lately.

NOTES: Remember, this is a holiday weekend so you will be sharing the lake with a lot of people. Be courteous to others and maybe even offer to help someone in need. It will sure make you feel better than cussing them and letting it ruin your attitude for the day. You might even make a friend. Have a great weekend and we hope to see you here.