Update 1/26/15 Monday, Jan 26, 2015 by Ron

Lake level is at 603 and steady. The lake is wide open on the dam end of the lake. The only ramp that seems to be useable at this time is John Spaulding. My understanding is there is a path where there is a very light skim of ice, but people have been getting on through it. With the warm weather this week there should be more open soon. Deep brush, bridge piers, and even the face of the dam could produce some fish.

Update 1/8/15 Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 by Ron

Lake level is 603.3. The main lake looks to be open, but both the North and Middle Fork bridges are iced in. It looks like one could put in up near the dam and fish the face of the dam or a bluff up there. I am sure fish are there to be found. Before this last cold weather there were still people out catching limits of crappie. If you are thinking of coming up to fish just give us a call and we will find out which ramps are accessible. Small game hunting is open until Feb 15. There are lot’s of squirrels around and there seems to be plenty of rabbits this year as well. Of course, you can also go out and try for a few coyotes or foxes. There seems to be plenty of them as well.

NOTES: Happy New Year to all. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again this year. I am sure you will notice some changes around the resort.

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.