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UPDATE 4/27/17

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Lake level is at 604.9. Water temp is low 60’s. We seem to have missed most of the rain and the cool nights is keeping the water temp down. Water is fairly clear right now.

CRAPPIE: Fishing can go from excellent to fair in short order. With the temps fluctuating so much you will need to find the warmer water in order to find the fishing that are starting to get onto the beds. As usual, we talk to some that can get on them regularly and others that just can’t seem to figure them out. Some days they are on north facing banks and some days they are on south facing banks. Minnows seem to be working good and if you are using jigs chartreuse/brown or pink/black seem to be working well. Find some shallow cover or even just some different rocks on an otherwise boring bank.

CATFISH: There seem to be a lot of 20-30# blues and flatheads getting caught. Shad are still a good bait to use but goldfish are also working.

BASS: I have heard people say they are having better days catching bass than they have had in a long time. Largemouth seem to be hanging pretty close to shore in the same area’s as the crappie. We have heard of some white bass coming in on the lake rather than up the rivers so that bite should start to improve.

NOTES: We will start having food this weekend on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 till 9. Come join us for something to eat and drink.

UPDATE 4/21/17

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Lake level is 605.2 and water temp is mid 60’s. The lake is MTL clear, in other words you can see about 1 foot down.

CRAPPIE: The males are starting to head to the banks and from what we have seen so far the size is quite good with a lot of 10-12″ fish. Pretty much just work the shorelines looking for any differences in structure and you should be able to find some fish. Because the lake level is lower than what we normally see this time of year a lot of the cover we would fish is high and dry so you will have to find some new cover to fish. If this week is any indicator it should be a very good year, though we all know how quickly that can change. This colder weather right now could even have an effect on the bite. This is the time of year a mnnow under a bobber is a good bet.

BASS: We have heard of some decent largemouth bass this past week. One crappie fisherman caught a 6 pounder while working the bank. Yes, he released it. No word on the white bass yet.

CATFISH: There have been quite a few good blues and flaheads caught this past week so it looks like that bite is well underway. Shad seems to be working well.

NOTES: Turkey seasonn is underway so if you step off the boat to check for mushrooms be very careful. Wear some orange if possible. If not at least make some human noise so someone won’t mistake you for a turkey. Also, we will start doing some food on Friday and Saturday nights. This week will be fried chicken, pulled pork, burgers, and fries. Come join us.

UPDATE 2/24/17

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Lake level is 601.3 and you can find some warmer water in some of the coves and on dark bottom flats. There have been some people out fishing the past couple of weekends with the nice weather we were having. This weekend will be not so nice. Most of the people I have talked with are catching 4 or 5 keepers but I did hear of one guy that had a nice limit this past Tuesday. Try the south facing rock bluffs if the sun is shining, or the sunny side of the bridge piers. We have heard of a few blue cats being caught, though not on any of the lines we had out. Hard to believe it is only Feb, as we have robins around and I even saw a bullfrog in the pond the other day. The snow geese have been filling the skies around here for the past several weeks if you are interested in hunting for them.

NOTES: The tree drop is scheduled to take place March 25th. We plan to get started at 9:00 am at the Southfork ramp. Spalding will be taking place the same day. No word yet if they will be doing it at Northfork. If you have trees you want to sink give me a call and we can work through the details to make sure it gets done. As always, we welcome help to get this done. It makes for a fun morning and we are usually done before noon. Give us a call if you can help. We will again be using the Corp barge under Shelly’s steady hand to haul the tree’s out.

UPDATE 12/23/16

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Lake level is at 600.7. Be careful out there. At this level there is a lot of ground showing and a lot of areas here you can usualy get to that you now can’t. The whole west end of the lake is frozen over. Basically everything west of Hwy 107 is iced over. Open ramps include the State Park ramp at 107, Robert Allen, Shell Bramch, Ray Behrens, and Spalding. I have not talked with anyone that has been out fishing lately but if normal holds true then the crappie should be biting on the bridge piers by now. On a clear day you can likely find fish on the south facing bluffs as well. On a hunting note, from all reports, the duck hunting is really good right now. The mallards have moved in and with the west end of the lake frozen they are concentrated on the main lake. Be very careful out there as drowning and hypothermia are very real threats this time of year. Take a buddy along and let someone know where you are going and when they should expect you home.

NOTES: All of us here at Southfork wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

UPDATE 11/28/16

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Lake level is at 602.3. We got a little bit of rain over the weekend, but not enough to raise the level any. Water is pretty clear and temps are in the lower to mid 50’s. With the way the near future forecast looks those temps are going to go down pretty quickly over the next 10 days. Right now people are catching some nice crappie in normal fall fashion back in the coves in shallow water. You can use minnows or jigs to get them to bite. They do tend to be pretty aggressive this time of the year. We have heard of some darn good catches in the past week. Now that deer season is a memory for most people it is a good time to come out and get into a nice batch of fresh crappie fillets to get you through the winter. We still have minnows and goldfish and crawlers here at the resort. The store is open on Friday, Saturday 7 to 7 and Sunday 7 to noon. We will still cook on Friday and Saturday for the next couple of weeks doing pizza’s, fried chicken, burgers, and pulled pork. If you want ribs just let me know in advance and I will get them done. We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. We do still have 2 rooms available for the special deer hunt the weekend of Dec 10 and 11.

UPDATE 10/26/16

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Lake level is 605.7. Water is fairly clear unless you find areas that are turning over. Water temp is 63 or so.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is fair but scattered. Some people are catching them in 20 FOW all the way to the bottom. This seems to be the best bet to start at. Others are catching them back in the creek arms in 4-7 FOW. That should turn into the more consistent bite over the next few weeks. Orange/brown, chartreuse/brown seem to be a good color to start with.

CATFISH: Blues are the best bite right now, but I know there were some decent flatheads caught this past weekend. Many more blues though. Goldfish, carp (cut), and perch seem to be doing well.

BASS: Have not heard of many largemouth being caught but a few whites are still biting.

NOTES: Youth season is this weekend. Be careful out there. Our anniversary party is Saturday nite. Stop on in and have something to eat and drink with us. By the way, we still have a couple of motel rooms open for opening weekend of deer season. Give us a call and we can get you set up.