Archive for June, 2014

Update 6/19/14

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lake level is at 609.4. They are doing some generating so it goes down some each night. Water temp is mid 70’s.

CRAPPIE: Seems like a tough bite right now for a lot of people, though there are still some reporting good success. With the heat we are having now the fish will be in deeper water. Think summer pattern and start fishing the tree’s just off the channels. I would start at the 8 foot down level unless your electronics shows the fish at a different level. Bridge piers and riprap should also start producing. Trolling Bandits or other crankbaits can be a good method to try now.

CATFISH:The bite seems to have slowed on the flat heads and blues. There are still plenty of channels biting. We caught them on a jig and minnow even while fishing for white bass.

BASS: The white bass bite is good around the islands. We caught them about 8 feet down in 12-16 FOW. If you want to give a youngster a good time there is a great opportunity fishing for whites. The action is steady and they fight and eat great. Not much word on largemouth this week as it was very windy all week.

Update 6/12/14

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Lake level is 611.8 and starting to drop some as the Corp starts to pull some water. Should make for great fishing below the dam. I am sure the lake is muddied up some from the last rains. I would say North Fork is the worst as a lot of the inflow came from there.

CRAPPIE: Up until today the crappie were biting pretty good yet. We still hear of some nice catches near the banks, but I think the chances are now better out deeper. There should still be some males protecting the nests at the bank though. Work the outer edges of tree lines as well as the tree’s themselves. Move in and out until you find the depth they are at at the moment and keep moving until you hit them. Action and scent are pretty important in the dirty water. Nibbles will provide good scent for you.

BASS: White bass are picking up at the islands especially near dark. White or chrome will work as will dropping a minnow in front of them. It looks like the largemouth spawn is about over so you will have to locate them in deeper water directly out from spawning area’s.

CATFISH: There are still a reasonable amount of flat heads and blues being caught. Channels can be found near any water running into the lake on crawlers or stinkbait.

Update 6/6/14

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Lake level this morning is 610.5. We expect it to rise a little more, but nothing crazy like years past. Naturally this means the water will be more stained than it has been.

CRAPPIE: There are still plenty of them being caught with limits coming from both deep water (20′) and also still some on the banks. We are still hearing of females with eggs near the banks. This should result in one heck a year class going forward. We are also hearing about schools of fry near the banks. The result of the extended spawn we have been privileged to enjoy this year. With the warmer weather showing up there will be some fish on the trees and I assume they will start to show up on the bridge piers as well. Likely about 10 feet down for now.

BASS: We are hearing of a lot of bass caught by crappie fishermen so concentrate on the same area’s listed above. I am sure they are snacking on some of those fry that are starting to show up. I have also talked to some that are enjoying good success on whites around the islands. Something white or shiny will attract a bite from them.

CATFISH: The influx of water should really turn on the channel cat bite. Find any place where there is water flowing into the lake. Nitecrawlers will work as will your favorite stinkbait. We are still seeing some decent blues and flatheads as well.

Sorry I am late with this. I was in Alabama all week. I did manage a fishing trip to Lewis Smith Lake where we caught some dandy bass and also some real good stripers. My companion on the trip caught a 14# striper on a topwater lure. What a blast.

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