Archive for July, 2014

Update 7/30/14

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Lake level is at 607.2. Looks like the Corp is in a generating mood.

CRAPPIE: The best bite seems to be over brush piles in 20-25 FOW. The bridge piers have also been doing pretty good. There are a lot of 9 to 10″ fish out there with the occasional 11-13 as well. Minnows, nibbles, and chartreuse something seems to be a constant. Start about 15 feet down and step up slowly until you find the level they are wanting on any given day or time of day.

BASS: We have not heard much about bass lately. Even the white bass seem to have slowed down for now. I am sure that will pick up again soon.

CATFISH: The channel cat bite has improved lately with a lot being caught while trolling for crappie.

Update 7/23/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Lake level is at 608.8. They are busy drawing water so this level will change daily for a while I’m sure. The water looks pretty good until you get pretty far up into the arms. Water temp is low 80’s.

CRAPPIE: The bite seems to be in 15 to 20 FOW over submerged brush piles. If you don’t have good electronics just slow troll from tree to tree until you find some. Seems we are back to the any color and chartreuse jigs tipped with a Nibble, or anything and a minnow. If you are slip bobber fishing start at about 10 feet down and adjust as needed. Once you find that right depth you can pretty much leave it right there. Bridge piers seem to be coming on as well if you like to fish them.

BASS: Haven’t heard anything on black bass but there are still some whites being caught on rocky points and around the islands. Something shiny works and so does a minnow.

CATFISH: The bite is pretty quiet for all species right now, though you can always find some channel’s to tangle with. Nitecrawlers or your favorite stinkbait should get their attention. It shouldn’t be to long before the blues and flat heads start eating again.

NOTES: The crappie tournament at Chigger Hill this past weekend took 9.88# to win. This weekend is the Shack tournament. I would expect there to be 90 to 100 boats in that one.

Update 7/16/14

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lake level is at 609.5 and holding steady. I believe it will be pretty steady until the Mississippi River goes down some. The water on this end is still a bit murky. I am sure it is more clear up towards the dam.

CRAPPIE: Persistence is key right now. You will likely have to work for a limit, but there are definately limits being caught. Fish the timber on channel edges, along bluffs, and also submerged brush in 15 to 20 FOW. Either use your electronics to find fish or keep moving until you find some active ones. Black/chartreuse, orange/chartreuse, and blue/white are the colors I am hearing. Naturally, minnows are working as well. Don’t forget to add a nibble to any of the above baits to increase your odds. Bridge piers seem to be just starting to pick up some.

CATFISH: Catching has been pretty quiet for all species. There are a scattering of each being caught, but not like normal. I expect that to improve in the next couple of weeks.

BASS: Whites seem to be the best bite right now. Either a minnow on a jig or something shiny and/or white will get a bite from them. Try late evening for your best chance to score on these on points and islands.

NOTES: There are still a lot of drum getting caught. These are good fun to catch and will at least fill some time while waiting for something else to show up.

Update 7/2/14

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Lake level is 608.7. I don’t assume we will see much change over the next week as the Mississippi river is quite high which should make the corp hold back from adding anything additional to it.

CRAPPIE: The bite is certainly transitioning to a summer pattern with the warm temps we have had recently. Trolling crankbaits is one good method to try. Stay on the edges of main lake channels to score on them. Another is dipping trees with a jig and nibble or a minnow under a slip bobber. Watch your electronics to find the right spots or just keep moving until you find them. Often times they will concentrate on just certain trees in an area. Pay attention to details here….what species of tree? which side of the tree? how deep is the water? 10 to 12 feet down is a good place to start, but adjust up and down until you find the exact depth where the active fish are hanging. usually that is the same depth you will find them when you move. The spawn is over, you will have to actually work for your fish now but they are certainly out there and biting when you put the right pattern together. Good luck!

CATFISH: We are starting to see more blues come in recently. They are mostly in the 20 to 30 pound range. we are also starting to see a few flat heads as well up to 30 pounds. There are plenty of channels to catch all over the lake.

BASS: Not much to report on largemouth but the whites are doing quite well out around the islands and flats. We caught them on jigs and minnows but as usual, you can catch them on anything white or flashy as well. We caught the most right around 8 feet down in 14 FOW. We also caught quite a few drum, which were a total blast.

NOTES: This weekend is the Rodeo down below the dam. It runs Thursday through Saturday with the fireworks being Friday evening. We have advance tickets here at the resort for $12 or you can buy them at the gate for $15. Last I heard there were over 500 cowboys registered already.

The lake obviously will be crowded with boats this weekend. Please be both considerate AND careful out there. Realize that not everyone on the ramp is as practiced at landing their boat as a fisherman that is out several times a month. Help them rather than getting hot under the collar and you will almost certainly have a better day.