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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 10/26/17

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Lake level is 602.5 and water temp is lower 60’s. Clarity is quite good at a couple of feet.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is still pretty good around deep timber, bridge piers and some are also being caught shallow up in the creek arms. Pink seems to still be a good color but black/chartreuse is also prett good. Minnows and nibbles are both good additions. There are a lot of 10-12″ fish being caught and there is no reason to think it will not continue until freezeup.

BASS: Whites are being caught back in the creek arms and there are a lot of short largemouth back there as well. We have not heard much on the keeper sized largemouth.

CATFISH: There are a good amount of blues getting caught on shad and a few flatheads as well. Goldfish also work but shad seems to be the bait of choice right now.

NOTES: This weekend is the early youth hunt for deer. It is also our annual appreciation party, which will be held on Saturday from 5 till whenever. We always have a good time so stop on in and say hello.

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.

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