Archive for October, 2014

Update 10/30/14

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Lake level is at 611.2 and dropping steady at a rate of about 9″ per day. Water temp has been holding about 60 but this cold weather should push that down over the next week or so. Water clarity is pretty good.

CRAPPIE: Very few fishermen reporting and even those aren’t catching many as we all wait for that great fall bite to start in the shallows. Colder temps should get it going soon. Those that are catching any are on the bridge piers so that is where I would start if it is numbers you are after.

CATFISH: There have been some smaller blues being caught on shad. As the shad should be moving back into the creek arms soon I would try to intercept the cats as they feed on them.

BASS: No reports.

NOTES: The rut has started as we are seeing bucks hot on the trail of does in the area. There are also more people seeing decent bucks moving around.

ANOTHER NOTE: Youth season is this weekend and that also means it is time for our annual anniversary party. Come join the fun on Saturday, Nov 1 for our 7th anniversary. Call the store for details.

Update 10/15/14

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Lake level is at 618.5 and rising. It has slowed down so I would guess it will peak tomorrow somewhere around 619. That makes for a lot of flooded grass, which should make for some great duck hunting. There will also be better access to the backs of the coves for when the shad move back and the crappie follow them. It seems the temp gauge at the dam broke since it is stuck on 32 and I didn’t see any ice formed yet.

Crappie: The fishing is slow and deliberate right now. 20-25 FOW, drop to the bottom and come up real slow. Fish up next to tree’s at the edge of channels or just off points. If you know of any structure in that depth range now is a good time to give it a try. Bridge piers can be fruitful as well. Blue/white and orange/white seem to be working.

BASS: No reports, though I suspect you can find some whites around the islands or on points.

CATFISH: We still hear about some 20 to 30# blue’s and flat heads being caught on shad out on the flats.

NOTES: Remember…this is the weekend of the Halloween Extravaganza over at Indian Creek Campground. If you have been there you know how good it is, if you haven’t I can tell you, it is a great event to go out and enjoy. I know I will be out there with Andrew (grandson) on Saturday night. This event was cancelled last year due to the gov’t shutdown so it should be back with bells on this year.

ANOTHER NOTE: Next weekend the Springfield Crappie Club is sponsoring an Open fishing tournament. Anyone can fish it so come on out and have some fun with the last tournament of the year. Entry fee is only $50 per boat with a 70% payback. Weigh in is here at the resort.

Update 10/9/14

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Lake level is at 614.5. It has been holding steady for the past 24 hours but that is likely to change at any time. We got .75″ of rain today but it didn’t have any effect on the lake level. Water temp is still in the mid 60’s.

CRAPPIE: There are a few limits being caught but you will have to work for them. They are still in deeper water, not so much up in the arms like one would expect for this time of October. Try tree’s near the edge of channels and points. Minnows should be a big plus.

BASS: No reports

CATFISH: 20 to 30 # blues and flat heads seem to be what is biting. Shad are likely your best bet.

NOTES: The Springfield Crappie Club and South Fork Resort is sponsoring a 2 Man Open Buddy Crappie Tournament on Saturday, Oct 25. This is open to anyone who wants to fish it. Entry fee is $50 per boat. Call us for more info. We have entry forms here.

Phone System Upgrade

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Later today we will be switching from our current phone system to a new VoIP based phone system. Unfortunately with that switch, we were unable to port some of our existing phone numbers to the new system. As such, we have a new phone number that we can be reached at. The phone numbers on our Contact Us page have been updated with the new numbers.

The old number will continue to work for some time but we request you start using the new number.

During the switch over, there may be problems reaching us at the old number. If that occurs, please try us at the new number, which is 573-206-3839.


Update 10/1/14

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Lake level is at 608.7 and rising. We had 2.25″ of rain here today. After 9 days of very steady lake level I think this will actually be a good thing. It was starting to feel like we were fishing a lake instead of an impoundment. Water clarity was near 3 feet and I assume that will change as will the water temp, which was hanging in the upper 70’s.

CRAPPIE: Limits are hard work right now. There are folks getting them, but they are fishing hard and mostly it takes the better part of the day to get there. We have seen some dandy fish come in….13″, 14″, even a few over that. Fall fishing should be great! 15 feet down seems to be the most common depth to fish, but it can be in 18 FOW or 30 FOW.

BASS: No reports this week but I heard of some whites caught in the past couple of weeks and that should improve as it cools down.

CATFISH: The influx of water should turn the channel cats on again. Fish where there is inflow. Crawlers, stinkbait, the normal stuff. There have been some nice 20 to 30# flatheads and blues caught on flats using shad, perch, and goldfish over the past 2 weeks.

NOTES: There are many many pelicans on the lake. I don’t know about the other end, but they are in all Forks on this end. They present quite a sight and are a sure sign of autumn.

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