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.