Archive for September, 2013

Update 9/19/13

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Lake level is at 603.15. Water temp at the dam is 73. Clarity is good by MTL standards.

CRAPPIE: Fish are being caught in deeper water. Start on the edges of the channels. If you see the shad busing the surface you know you are in the right area. You can catch anything under them from walleye, bass, white bass, and crappie. You can even catch some catfish. Try a shad colored jig or something that has chartreuse. Naturally, minnows also work. Start about 10 feet down, but adjust until you get bit. They can be as close to the surface as 3 feet or down near the bottom. You aren’t likely to catch a limit of 12″ fish, but you sure can of 9 to 12″ fish.

BASS: We are hearing about some white bass being caught in the evenings. Main lake point and the islands are your best bet. Use something shiny or white. Again, look for shad busting the surface.

CATFISH: There are quite a few channels being caught, both on set lines and rod and reel. They are along the creek channels also. There are a few flat heads being caught as well. Haven’t heard of any monsters but up to 30#.

NOTES: Highway 154 is closed at the Elk Fork bridge until Oct 6. You will need to detour around it. Call us if you need directions.

Buddy Bass tournament is this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Weigh in is at Black Jack Marina.

Update 9/11/13

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Lake level is at 603.25. Water temp is about 81. Clarity is pretty good by MTL standards.

CRAPPIE: We are hearing of more people catching fish right now. Maybe because of the stable hot temps. We all know how much crappie like stability. The most common successful pattern we hear about is moving slowly along the edges of creek channels. You will have to experiment with the depth because they can be anywhere from just below the surface all the way down to 10 or 12 feet. Try either side of the channel or even zigzag across the channel until you figure out where they are hitting better. Minnows are a good bet, but we have also heard of some good luck with jigs. One particular color pattern is pink/chartreuse, but I have also heard of pink/white and pink/black working. Look for shad on the surface or schools of them on your electronics.

BASS: We have started hearing more about white bass hitting pretty good in the evenings. Try the islands and main lake points for them. Look for shad, cast past them and pull your lure through.

CATFISH: There are a lot of channels being caught. Nitecrawlers are a good bet. Medium sized blues also seem to be consistent. These are in the 20 to 30 pound range with a few larger ones. Some flatheads are being caught as well. This bite will only get better over the next couple of months.

NOTES: The Buddy Bass Tournament will be held Sept 21 and 22. There will be in excess of 100 boats (likely about 150) in this tournament. The weigh in is held at Black Jack Marina. If you never witnessed a weigh in this is a good one to attend. They do a good job of working the crowd to keep the entertainment level up.

Archery season opens on Sunday for deer.

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