Lake level is at 603.7. It held steady for a few days this week but with the temp over 100 they started generating again today. Water temp is right about 90. The water is as clear as you are likely to see it.
CRAPPIE: Typical summer fishing. Fish the channel edges in deeper water. The fish seem to be hanging about 12 feet down in 25-30 FOW. You can also find them shallow. We caught a lot of them in 8 FOW on Sunday. Use minnows or jigs, but tip them with a nibble. My fishing partner on Sunday found out how important that step is. The bridge piers make a nice reprieve from the hot sun and there are usually plenty of fish on them. Figure out the pattern and take it with you to other similar spots and you are likely to have plenty of action. We also did some dead stick fishing with a spinner rig and caught quite a few fish that way. The natural action of the boat was plenty to entice bites.
CATFISH: There were some nice ones brought in this week. Blues mostly but we did hear of some good flatheads also.
BASS: I continue to see white bass at the cleaning house mixed in with the crappie. I’m sure if you would fish in the evening you could catch all you want. As usual, watch for the shad busting the surface. Another good indicator from a further distance is a bunch of birds concentrating in an area and diving to the water. The largemouth will be found on points and in cover.