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.

Update 8/8/14 Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 by Ron

Sorry for the lateness but we lost internet for a couple of days while we transitioned from satellite to fiber. Life is good. Anyway, lake level this morning is 606.6. It will likely go up a couple of more inches. We got 3.8″ of rain yesterday. Most of it seems to have been on the south side of the lake so the northern arms will have the cleaner water.

CRAPPIE: There are a lot of people quite happy with the fishing right now as many are catching limits of decent fish. White seems to be the color of the week. The fish are generally about 12 feet down. Deep brush piles, bridge piers, bluffs are all good places to try. Minnows seem to be working better than jigs right now, though those white jigs and a nibble are doing pretty good as well.

CATFISH: There are more blues starting to bite and with the inflow the channels should bite pretty good for the next few days. We have not heard anything about flat heads.

BASS: No reports this week.

Tomorrow is the CrappieMaster tournament. This is the final major crappie tournament of the year.

Update 7/30/14 Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 607.2. Looks like the Corp is in a generating mood.

CRAPPIE: The best bite seems to be over brush piles in 20-25 FOW. The bridge piers have also been doing pretty good. There are a lot of 9 to 10″ fish out there with the occasional 11-13 as well. Minnows, nibbles, and chartreuse something seems to be a constant. Start about 15 feet down and step up slowly until you find the level they are wanting on any given day or time of day.

BASS: We have not heard much about bass lately. Even the white bass seem to have slowed down for now. I am sure that will pick up again soon.

CATFISH: The channel cat bite has improved lately with a lot being caught while trolling for crappie.

Update 7/23/14 Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 608.8. They are busy drawing water so this level will change daily for a while I’m sure. The water looks pretty good until you get pretty far up into the arms. Water temp is low 80′s.

CRAPPIE: The bite seems to be in 15 to 20 FOW over submerged brush piles. If you don’t have good electronics just slow troll from tree to tree until you find some. Seems we are back to the any color and chartreuse jigs tipped with a Nibble, or anything and a minnow. If you are slip bobber fishing start at about 10 feet down and adjust as needed. Once you find that right depth you can pretty much leave it right there. Bridge piers seem to be coming on as well if you like to fish them.

BASS: Haven’t heard anything on black bass but there are still some whites being caught on rocky points and around the islands. Something shiny works and so does a minnow.

CATFISH: The bite is pretty quiet for all species right now, though you can always find some channel’s to tangle with. Nitecrawlers or your favorite stinkbait should get their attention. It shouldn’t be to long before the blues and flat heads start eating again.

NOTES: The crappie tournament at Chigger Hill this past weekend took 9.88# to win. This weekend is the Shack tournament. I would expect there to be 90 to 100 boats in that one.