Archive for May, 2011

Update 5/25/11

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Lake level right now is 610.6 and rising. We got about 1.5″ of rain today. A lot less than most other areas. That incoming water will of course muddy the lake up some. The Corp is pulling water so I don’t see the lake raising radically unless we get a whole lot more rain.

CRAPPIE: The bite has been pretty consistent over the past week, though I did hear some people had a bit more challenge on Tuesday than what it had been doing. Others did just fine. The better fish do seem to have moved a bit away from the bank. 3-5 feet seems to be the most consistent report. Black or red and chartreuse still seems to be the best jig color and minnows and nibbles or Gulp! maggots produce just fine.

CATFISH: This incoming water will be a treat for the shore fishermen as it will bring the cats nice and close to feed in the inflows. As you can see by the pictures there has been no shortage of nice cats being brought in. Goldfish still appears to be the bait of choice though a lot of people have been using perch as well.  A nice far nightcrawler dropped into the inflow will do just fine as well, especially for the channel cats.

BASS: It seems they have left the banks, though I don’t know that for sure. We sure haven’t heard much about them this past week. Sorry, but you are on your own.

This being a long weekend there will be a whole lot of boats on the water and lots of people on the roads so please LOOK carefully before doing anything to  be sure you are safe. We don’t want to see anyone get hurt. Have a great Memorial Day weekend and thank a Vet for the sacrifices made to make sure we can keep enjoying what we have.

Update 5/19/11

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Water level is at 609.8. Water temp is starting to recover. It is anywhere from 60 to 70 depending where on the lake you are. Clarity is 8-10″.

CRAPPIE: They are scattered with some of the females spawned and back out deep and some still getting ready to move in. You should be able to find all the males you want at the bank, especially later in the day after the sun works its magic on the water temp, though they are running smaller now. If you don’t find them at the bank just move out to the 1st cut and try that. If that doesn’t work move out to the trees in 8-10 FOW. Start at the bottom and work up until you get bit. Minnows have been good as has red or black and chartreuse. I heard some guys did well on pink and white even.

CATFISH: We saw a lot of nice  ones last weekend. Goldfish still seems to be the right bait. I see  by the pictures on the camera there were some nice ones brought in today.

BASS: They are still pretty much on the bank. and likely will  be for a couple of weeks. We don’t much info from the bass fishermen so I can’t give you much.

All I can say is get out there and fish. They are still biting pretty darn good. We had the Springfield Crappie Club in this past weekend and they caught lots of fish. Winning weight for 14 fish (2 days) was 13.76 pounds. Pretty darn good.

Update 5/12/11

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Lake level is at 609.6 today. Water temp is in the mid 60?s up to the lower 70’s in some areas. We got the warm we needed to kick things off and it sure worked.

  • CRAPPIE- The bite is definitely on. It varies depending where on the lake you are. You will still find some in prespawn, some in the process and some in post. Let the water temp tell you how to fish them. If it is in the 70’s you might need to fish out a bit from shore, but I would start at shore and work out if you are having trouble getting bit. Fish the brush and the trash that is in the back end of the little coves. Don’t be afraid to toss one line outwards. You might be surprised at the size you find out in deeper water.
  • CATFISH- The flatheads are definitely hitting. We have seen a lot of them in for weighing and pictures. Some blues as well. We have not seen many channels, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hitting, just that people are to busy showing off the big flatheads and blues.
  • BASS- White bass are still biting up in the rivers and also some are coming off of points going into the main lake. Rooster tails, Little Cleos….the normal stuff. Largemouth Bass are also up in the shallows and you can catch some dandies while you are catching crappie.

Update 5/4/11

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Lake level is at 611.3 today. Water temp is still in the mid to upper 50’s. We need some warm weather to really get things going. We haven’t heard much in the way of mushrooms this past week other than the yellows are up now. Turkey hunting finishes up this Sunday.

  • CRAPPIE- They are pretty mixed right now as the cold front from this past weekend played havoc with a lot of fishermen.  Some folks are doing very well while others are struggling big time. The ones that are doing best are finding brush in 3-4 feet of water and staying persistent. You can find the occasional keeper out in 12-15 feet of water as well. Chartreuse and black or red seems to be working for jigs. Minnows and Crappie Nibbles  or the Gulp Alive Waxies added are definitely the way to go.
  • CATFISH- There were some decent blues come in this past weekend and a few flatheads but we didn’t see the bigger ones that we had seen last week. Perch and goldfish seem to be the bait of choice.
  • BASS- White bass are still biting up in the rivers and also some are coming off of points going into the main lake. Rooster tails, Little Cleos….the normal stuff. Largemouth Bass are also up in the shallows and you can catch some dandies while you are catching crappie.
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