UPDATE 11/28/16 Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 602.3. We got a little bit of rain over the weekend, but not enough to raise the level any. Water is pretty clear and temps are in the lower to mid 50’s. With the way the near future forecast looks those temps are going to go down pretty quickly over the next 10 days. Right now people are catching some nice crappie in normal fall fashion back in the coves in shallow water. You can use minnows or jigs to get them to bite. They do tend to be pretty aggressive this time of the year. We have heard of some darn good catches in the past week. Now that deer season is a memory for most people it is a good time to come out and get into a nice batch of fresh crappie fillets to get you through the winter. We still have minnows and goldfish and crawlers here at the resort. The store is open on Friday, Saturday 7 to 7 and Sunday 7 to noon. We will still cook on Friday and Saturday for the next couple of weeks doing pizza’s, fried chicken, burgers, and pulled pork. If you want ribs just let me know in advance and I will get them done. We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. We do still have 2 rooms available for the special deer hunt the weekend of Dec 10 and 11.

UPDATE 11/15/16 Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is at 603.6. Water temp is finally coming down into the upper 50’s, lower 60’s. The fall crappie bite is finally getting started with decent fish coming in the back of the coves in shallow water. Watch for the shad. They can be caught either 3 feet or 14 feet depending on time of day. They do like the sun to be shining. Dipping tree’s seems to be the best bet. No reports on any other fish other than white bass, which can be caught in the same area’s as the crappie. Go out and catch some of these late season fish.

UPDATE 10/26/16 Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 605.7. Water is fairly clear unless you find areas that are turning over. Water temp is 63 or so.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is fair but scattered. Some people are catching them in 20 FOW all the way to the bottom. This seems to be the best bet to start at. Others are catching them back in the creek arms in 4-7 FOW. That should turn into the more consistent bite over the next few weeks. Orange/brown, chartreuse/brown seem to be a good color to start with.

CATFISH: Blues are the best bite right now, but I know there were some decent flatheads caught this past weekend. Many more blues though. Goldfish, carp (cut), and perch seem to be doing well.

BASS: Have not heard of many largemouth being caught but a few whites are still biting.

NOTES: Youth season is this weekend. Be careful out there. Our anniversary party is Saturday nite. Stop on in and have something to eat and drink with us. By the way, we still have a couple of motel rooms open for opening weekend of deer season. Give us a call and we can get you set up.

UPDATE 10/18/16 Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 606.7. Water temp is about 60 on most peoples electronics.

CRAPPIE: The bite is pretty good right now anywhere from near the banks in some spots on some days to 20 FOW on other days. If you have brushpiles to fish now is a good time to try them out at varied depths. Black/Chartreuse seems to be a good color to start with. Some days they want big minnows and some days they seem to prefer smaller ones. Not that you won’t catch fish if you have the wrong ones, but they just seem to bite quicker on a particular size any given day. Maybe by adding a nibble it will reduce that factor.

CATFISH: Blues seem to be the better bite right now between the 2 bigger species, but channels are also a pretty good bite now. The blue bite should only get better as the water cools down as they feed up for winter. Shad, perch, and asian carp seem to be doing well.

BASS: We have not heard much about whites lately, but the largemouth bite seems to be doing pretty good the past couple of weeks. Back in the creeks is a good place to start looking for them.

NOTES: We are having our annual anniversary party on Saturday, Oct 29. It will run from 5:00 until who knows when. We will have chili, sandwiches, beer and soda. Come help us celebrate. Call Mary for details. Hard to believe this is our 9th anniversary already. Also, don’t forget, as usual the youth deer hunt is that same weekend, Oct 29 and 30.

UPDATE 10/5/16 Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016 by Ron

Lake level is 606.5. They have pulled it down some over the past few days after holding it steady. The fish seem to like the change as the bite has gotten better again. I have heard good reports on bass fishing this past weekend up shallow as the water temp cooled down into the lower 70’s. Crappie seem to be holding over some deeper water- 12 to 15 feet down. Try the bridge piers and the tree lines on the edge of the channels. They will start moving into shallow water over the next couple of weeks and it will feel like spring fishing again. Try orange and brown jigs. We saw a few cats over the last couple of weeks too, mostly blues. That bite also will get hot as the cats fatten up for winter. Perch or shad are a good bet.

NOTES: Don’t forget the Halloween walk up at Indian Creek the weekend of Oct 14-15. It is a treat for sure as they do a heck of a job up there.

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.