Archive for April, 2015

Update 4/28/15

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Lake level is at 606.8. Water is fairly clear (for MTL). Water temperature hovers about 60.

CRAPPIE: The bite is drastically improved this week. There are many people catching limits of very nice fish with a mix of males and females. Most of the people I talked with are catching them at or near the bank. This time of year almost anything will work for bait, but on certain days under certain conditions they will still show a favorite color or scent or minnow. Please….no double dipping, the fine isn’t worth it and hopefully we all have enough respect for the resource and ourselves to make us not want to do that.

CATFISH: There are quite a few blue’s and flatheads getting caught right now. Coves look to be the best and perch or goldfish both seem to be working well.

BASS: We are still hearing about some good bass coming from crappie fisherman so take your cue from that as to how and where to try for them. No real report on whites but we did catch some up well into the rivers this past weekend. They ate minnows and we did not try anything else.

NOTES: This is the time of year we all wait for. Mushrooms are popping, turkeys are strutting, and crappie are biting. Get out and enjoy the outdoors but please be respectful of our great resources around here and also each other. Lets be safe out there.

Update 4/16/15

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Lake level is 606.8. Water temp is mostly low 60’s. Mostly stained.

CRAPPIE: We are starting to see some fish on the banks. Some males and also some females. The females I cleaned this weekend had eggs that were pretty much ready to go. The best chance of finding them on the banks will be when the sun is shining good on the water.

BASS: Still hearing of some good largemouth being caught along with the crappie. Have not heard anything about whites yet. I have got to believe there are some up the rivers.

CATFISH: We are starting to see some nice flatheads come in. We weighed several in this past weekend. We have also been seeing some good blues for a couple of weeks now. Time to start.

NOTES: Turkey season starts Monday and we are seeing a lot of birds around. The gobblers are busy strutting. Should be a good opener. We have not seen any mushrooms yet, but I expect to any day now.

Update 4/8/15

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Lake level is at 606.9. We had a 1/4″ of rain overnite. Water temp is in the lower to mid 50’s.

CRAPPIE: Fish are scattered. Some days you will find them out in the mouths of the coves and on a warm sunny day you can find them back in the back end chasing shad. It won’t be long until the males start to move in to build nests.

BASS: A lot of people are catching bass right now. Most of what we hear about are caught while crappie fishing so read the above to see where they are at. No reports on whites yet but I am sure they are active up the rivers.

CATFISH: People are catching decent blues. We are still hearing about mostly 20 to 30 pounders with the occasional 40. Cutbait is what we are hearing.

NOTES: The plum tree’s are blooming in the woods. I have heard of some May apples sprouting up. Tree’s are starting to bud out. I would think the mushrooms could start next week. We are seeing a lot of turkeys out and about and the gobblers are busy strutting their stuff. It is shaping up to be a great spring. Youth turkey is this coming weekend and by the looks of it they should have good weekend to be in the woods. Be safe out there.

Update 4/1/15

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Lake level is at 606.3. Water temp is varied but some places in the low 50’s. The warmer water will be on the north side facing south so that is where you want to try first.

CRAPPIE: Tough bite on this end of the lake the past couple of days, but there are people catching some decent fish. As the water warms up on sunny days head for the shallows. You should be able to find some active fish feeding on shad there. Otherwise look out at the first break or even the channel.

CATFISH: The blue’s are mostly what people are catching right now with a lot of them in the 20 to 30# range. Cut bait, mostly shad, seems to be the bait of choice.

BASS: No reports, but the white’s should be starting soon up in the rivers.

Happy Easter to all.