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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.

Update 7/27/17

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Lake level is 605.2. Water temps near 90. We received almost 3″ of rain this week, but it was spread out nicely so a lot of it soaked in rather than run off. Water should be fairly clear.

CRAPPIE: The bite has been pretty steady. Typical summer fishing here. Once you locate some fish you can go back day after day and find them in the same area. Usually a jig in pink/white or pink/black will do the job. Of course anything chartreuse usually does ok. The most fish seem to be coming from deep water- 20 to 30 feet, but anywhere from 6 to 12 feet down, and even sometimes much deeper. If you are marking something way down don’t be afraid to drop down and try to entice a bite. It could well be crappie.

BASS: The bite has been ok on rocky points casting jigs. We have heard of a few whites but not in great numbers. That bite has been off most of the summer it seems.

CATFISH: We have only heard of the occasional blue or flathead this week but that should be ready to change as they should all be about ready to come off their nests. You know they will be hungry when that happens.

NOTES: Saturday is the Jack and Jill tournament. That is always a fun tournament for a good cause. Weigh in is at the Paris Fairgrounds. They usually have a silent auction and a live auction.

UPDATE 7/18/17

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Lake level is 606.7 and dropping about 6″ per day. Looks like they are generating from 9 am to 9 pm. Water is reasonably clear with temps hovering near 90. Whew, that’s some warm water.

CRAPPIE: Summer pattern fishing is the name of the game. Depending on where you are and when you are there, the crappie can be anywhere from 6 feet down to 30 feet down. Watch your electronics, and yes, some of those deep marks could be crappie. Pull them up slow or you will kill every single one you catch. If you see shad busting the surface around you try about 6 feet down as they should be right below the shad. Slow trolling from tree to tree can be quite productive right now. Trolling a crank bait that matches the depth you mark fish is also pretty good. Bright colors seem to be best. As usual, 20% of the fishermen are catching 80% of the fish. They are out there and they are biting so if you are not in that 20% figure out what that 20% are doing different and try it.

BASS: I still am hearing some good things about the bass bite. Not a lot of info about the where and how, but people are saying good things. White bass seems to be sporadic at best. Now that the island is in full view maybe there will be some improvement there.

CATFISH: It seems the blues have started back up. We have heard some good reports of blues between 10 and 20 pounds with a few in the 30# range. The flatheads are still slow, but there are a few coming in that are obviously just off the nests.

NOTES: It appears the minnow issue from last weekend is taken care of and minnows are again readily available throughout the area. Chigger Hill tournament last weekend is in the books with the winning weight for 10 fish at 9.38#. This weekend is the Shack tournament. It is likely the last one. They did a lot of great work over the past 13 years and we will all miss this tournament. I am sure the charities they supported will also miss them.

UPDATE 7/4/17

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Lake level is 615. Water is mostly pretty clear for this lake but there are definitely some mud lines still out there. Water temp is mid 80’s.

CRAPPIE: They are almost to their summer pattern now so you will likely find them suspended over deep water but hanging at about 10-15 feet deep. Trolling plugs is a pretty good option but so is a slip bobber set at about 12 feet with a minnow. Colors will depend on the water clarity and whether it is sunny or overcast. Bluffs, deep trees, brush piles or bridge piers are good starting points.

BASS: We have heard nothing but good on the largemouth bass fishing on main lake points. We are finally starting to hear about good white bass catches as well. Main lake humps, islands, and bridge piers are good places to try. Naturally the evening bite is the most consistent. Shiny plugs or jigs or spoons are the way to go for these.

CATFISH: Blues and flatheads are pretty tough right now as they are mostly on their nests. The blues should be starting to come off any time now. People are catching a few but not great numbers right now.

NOTES: Remember, this is boating season so there are a lot of pleasure boaters out there. Be aware of them. There have been a fair amount of walleyes caught lately, which is great to see, but for the sake of the future catching try not to keep too many. Lets let this fishery catch hold. Remember, we do have our bar/BBQ open on Friday and Saturday nites until 9. Also, this weekend is the Old Threshers festival in Paris. It runs from July 6 through 9.

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