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UPDATE 10/2/17

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Lake level is 602 and holding pretty steady. Water is quite clear and about 74 degrees.

CRAPPIE: So far the crappie are still mostly in deep water. 20 to 30 FOW is a good place to start. It seems best to drop to the bottom and reel up very slowly until you get bit. Once you establish the depth they are holding at you can just drop to that depth. Black/chartreuse, pink/chartreuse, pink/black all seem to be working. A minnow and nibble also help. Bridge piers, deeper brush and trees are good locations right now. There are a few people catching fish shallow as well, but most seem to be in deep water yet. Keep an eye out for the birds as they are a great indicator of active shad.

CATFISH: It looks like the blues are starting to turn on. We saw a lot in the 30# range this weekend and even a 40+. There are a great many in the 5 to 15# range being caught also. There are also quite a few channel cats coming in along with an occasional flathead. This bite will only improve as the water cools down. Shad is probably the best bait to start with.

BASS: Not a lot of word on largemouth yet, but the whites are really starting to hit. Points and islands are great places to start. It doesn’t even seem to matter what time of day at this point.

NOTES: Remember, on the 20th and 21st is the Halloween Walk up at Indian Creek. It is a great place to take the kids. Also, over at pond by the State Park office, there are freshwater jellyfish in there. Now that is something you don’t see every day.

UPDATE 9/22/17

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Lake level is 602.1. Water is clear by our standards. Water temp is upper 70’s.

CRAPPIE: Bite is still quite good. Look for deeper cover, especially if you see shad on the surface. There are lots of pelicans on the lake and they are a pretty good indicator of where the shad are. It is getting to be that time when the shad, and thus the rest of the fish world will head back up the creek arms. When it happens the bite will be a lot like spring spawn time, only the fish will be bigger since they have had plenty to eat all summer. Black/chartreuse seems to be a good color to start with right now. For the most part we are still seeing most of the fish coming just off the bottom. Minnows and nibbles are good additions to the hook.

BASS: White bass have been hitting on the humps and islands. They are especially active at sunset. From all reports the largemouth are also hitting. I would think they will be going back up the creek arms as well.

CATFISH: There are a few flatheads and blues getting caught. Mostly in the 8 to 12 pound range with a few near 30 pounds. This should improve over the next weeks as the water cools down.

NOTES: The Halloween walk at Indian Creek campground is set for Oct 20 and 21. That is well worth checking out. Youth deer hunting weekend is Oct 28 and 29. We will be doing our anniversary party on Oct 28. Give Mary a call for details.

UPDATE 9/6/17

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Lake level is at 602. Water is pretty clear for the most part and water temp is 73.

CRAPPIE: The bite is quite good right now. You can catch all of the 9 to 11″ fish you want. Fish the bluffs, deep tree’s, bridge piers, etc. If you can find deeper brushpiles that will also work. I talked to some folks who also caught some nice fish in 2-3 FOW. They are really putting on some weight with all of the shad in the lake. Chartreuse, pink, blue, lots of different things are working well right now.

BASS: Whites have been hitting pretty well recently. White or shiny should get them to bite. Largemouth seems to be getting better as well. Main lake points is a good place to start, but don’t be afraid to head to the backs of the coves either. Throw something that resembles a shad and you should catch them.

CATFISH: Channels seem to be biting pretty good. There are a few more flatheads and blues coming in so that bite must be improving over the past week. There are a lot of smaller blues especially.

NOTES: Our plan is to continue BBQ’ing on Friday and Saturday nites until after deer season so come on down and join us. We serve from 5 till 9. We also have fried chicken.

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 8/9/17

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Lake level is 604.2. Water is quite clear (for MTL). Water temp is about 80 degree’s. It has cooled considerably with this cooler weather we have been enjoying.

CRAPPIE: Lots of fish being caught right now. Most of them are in the 9 to 11 inch range. Plenty of people are limiting out. Find brush piles in 10 to 20 FOW or bridge piers, or even blowdowns. In shallower water you can find them near the bottom. Pink seems to be a good color choice whether mixed with black or white. Chartreuse will work as well. Don’t forget to add a nibble. Minnows are working well also.

BASS: There are some white bass hitting on the points and islands. Watch for the shad busting. Largemouth seem to be a bit tough right now.

CATFISH: Plenty of channel cats to be caught. Blues and flatheads are still pretty tough, though there are some being caught. I heard of both flatheads and blues in the 25# range over the past few days.

NOTES: We are finally through the tournament stretch so now the folks out fishing will be pleasure or meat fishing. You will find them to be more open to giving out information.

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