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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 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 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 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 4/8/17

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Lake level is 610.8 and looks to have crested. The water up the rivers is pretty stained but there are cuts off the main lake that aren’t stained bad. Water temp is mid 50’s. There is a lot of trash floating in spots so be careful.

CRAPPIE: Not much to report since all the wind and rain we have had kept most people off the water this week. As the water warms up over the next couple of weeks a good place to start fishing is right where you fish during the spawn, only cast outwards instead of towards shore. With the stained water you should probably start with a chartreuse jig.

BASS: No reports yet.

CATFISH: We are starting to hear of some blues under 20#. I have heard of some smaller flatheads as well. As always when the water starts moving the channel cats are ready to bite as well. Find inflowing water and you should find some of them ready to take a nightcrawler.

NOTES: I have not heard of anyone finding any mushrooms yet but by Sunday that could change with the warmer days here for the weekend. This weekend is Youth Turkey. Be careful out there.

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