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UPDATE 11/17/17

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Lake level is 602.2 and has been steady for a couple of months now. Water clarity is good. Water temp is lower 50’s.

CRAPPIE: There are still people catching some crappie. Mostly we hear out on the bluffs and bridge piers in deeper water. It would seem we missed the fall run of crappie in shallow water but I don’t know that we just didn’t hear about is as much. The bite should maintain until the lake freezes over, if it freezes over this year.

CATFISH: There are still some blues getting caught. We had a couple of them over 40# this week. This too should hold up for some time yet.

BASS: No reports, but my guess is one could catch white bass out around the islands if you tried.

DEER: The hunting has certainly improved this week over what we saw last weekend. As we get closer to the new moon and for a day or so afterwards we should see the best movement. We have not seen much activity as far as duck hunting other than some shooting on the lake this past weekend. Hopefully that will improve as the northern ducks come down.

UPDATE 8/30/17

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Lake level is at 603.1. Water clarity is good by MTL standards. Water temp is upper 70’s.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is pretty good right now with fish being caught in quite a variety of places. I have heard of good catches from the back reaches of some of the larger arms as well as bluffs and bridge piers. As usual, the piers will have generally smaller fish than the arms. Chartreuse seems to be a good place to start but pink is doing quite well also. Minnows are working well. You can catch them on timber from 12 to 30 FOW or even more but the fish are generally running about 12 to 14 feet deep.

CATFISH: We have heard the channel cats are doing ok but with no influx of water they are spread out. There have been some blues and flatheads being caught, especially in the 10# range. As has been the case most of the summer, shad is the bait of choice, though goldfish are also doing ok. As the water cools perch will be good again as well.

BASS: Whites have been sporadic all year for some reason, though we did see a lot of them being caught one evening. As always, shiny or white works well when you can find them hungry. No reports on largemouth recently. With the Buddy Bass tournament coming up in 2 weeks I am sure people are keeping there info to themselves for now.

NOTES: We are still doing BBQ on Friday and Sat nites from 5 till 9. We do have a supply of perch. The lake will be crowded with pleasure boaters for this last holiday weekend of the summer so be careful out there.

ANOTHER NOTE: There is quite a lot of stuff going on in Florida on Saturday, Sept 2 so you might want to check that out.

UPDATE 8/22/17

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Lake level is about 603.3. Theri site is down right now so I can’t confirm. The rain we got did not have much affect on the levels. Water clarity is good. Water temp is low 80’s.

CRAPPIE: The bite has been good if you are looking for meat fish. There are plenty to catch from 9″ to 11″. They are getting pretty solid since they have all the shad to eat they can handle. Solid chartreuse, pink/Chart, and pink/white seem to be working well. Try the bluffs and bridge piers. We seemed to have our best luck slow trolling, say about .3 to .5 mph fishing 15 to 20 FOW. If there is some timber in your path spend some extra time on them. The fish seem to be a bit bigger at those spots.

BASS: No reports of largemouth this past week. White’s are still not making much noise, though I did manage to see some activity in the midst of all the shad boils, and there are a lot of shad boils all around.

CATFISH: With the rain this week the channel cats are again biting at any inflow. Crawlers are a good bet. There are also some smaller blues mixed in. There are also some blues and flatheads coming in from people running lines or jugs. You should have no problem finding some shad to net.

NOTES: First…be careful out there!!! The lake is at a low level and there are lots of places to get you into trouble. There was another accident this week where some folks in a pontoon hit an obstruction in the water and had to be airlifted to the hospital. Luckily one of the passengers, a little girl, had her life jacket on and survived being thrown overboard. BE CAREFUL!

MORE NOTES: We have minnows again. There was a short disruption Sunday/Monday but we are good to go.

UPDATE 6/28/17

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Lake level is 611 and falling. Water clarity is somewhat stained. We have been having a lot of wind so there are definitely some mud lines. That isn’t a bad thing as fish do like to hang out on the edge of them and ambush baitfish. Water is about 82 degrees.

CRAPPIE: We have started to hear of some decent fish being caught again. Mostly deep summer pattern fishing anywhere from 10 to 20 feet deep. Jigs seem to be working pretty good right now, though I haven’t heard much about colors. We have seem some sporadic 13-15 inch fish even. Pulling crankbaits can net you crappie, walleye, white bass, and even some largemouth. Chartreuse is a color to start with.

CATFISH: It looks like maybe some of the flatheads are coming off their nests. We weighed in a 30# a few days ago. Not much going on with blues right now, though I am sure some folks are catching a few.

BASS: Still not a lot of whites being caught, but there are a few people starting to hang around the island so I assume they are at least getting a few. That bite should start at any time. Largemouth fishing has been quite good with 15 to 20 fish days not uncommon. Try the points as a starting spot.

NOTES: This weekend is the rodeo up at the dam. We have tickets here for sale. The rodeo is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with the fireworks being on Saturday night. There will be a lot of boats out there this weekend so please play safely.

Update 6/14/17

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Lake level is at 610.8 and has been steady for the past couple of days. I am not sure how long they plan to keep it at this level but we can sure enjoy it while we can. Water temp is mid 80’s. Clarity is somewhat better towards the damn as usual but is pretty fair on most of the lake. I have heard it is kind of nasty in areas of South Fork.

CRAPPIE: They are starting to pick up more crappie this past week with some limits even coming in. You most definitely will have to work for them though. They are still somewhat scattered but seem to be more towards the summer pattern, which means they will be found 10 to 12 feet down. Find brushpiles or fish the trees. This will be more prevalent as the lake develops the thermocline through the next couple of weeks. Bridge piers are also starting to show some results.

BASS: I have heard of some very good catches over the past week, but it seems they are hot one day and not so much the next. Points are a good place to try. White bass seem to be behind schedule as it seems the islands are still not producing like they normally are this time of year. Occasionally we hear about someone hitting a bunch of them, but not very consistant yet.

CATFISH: Flatheads are likely mostly on the nests about now as are some of the blues, though the blues are still the most consistant catch right now. If you aren’t getting any you probably need to switch to another part of the lake as they may be on the nests in the area you are fishing.

NOTES: Happy Flag day to all!

UPDATE 5/17/17

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Lake level is 617.5 and coming down about 8″ per day. Water is low 70’s. Water clarity is still somewhat dirty. There is still some debris floating but it is certainly not to bad. You will want to keep an eye open for it but for the most part boating is pretty safe.

CRAPPIE: There are some males and females spawning in parts of the lake, and there are some out in 9-12 FOW. In either place they seem to be hanging nearly at the bottom. I have heard a lot of talk about pink/white jig bodies. Be versatile. Try a variety of spots and methods right now.

CATFISH: There have been quite a few blues caught in the last couple of weeks. Shad seems to be the bait of choice. There have also been some nice flatheads coming in. Not a lot of real big ones, but 15 to 30 pounds are getting caught.

BASS: There are some white bass starting to get caught but they don’t seem to have settled into the normal pattern yet. That should happen very soon. We have heard people saying they are experiencing the best largemouth fishing in many years on the lake. No real reports as to what is working.

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