Archive for July, 2016

UPDATE 7/15/16

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Lake level is at 609.5. We had another inch of rain yesterday but it looks like it won’t affect the lake much. Long Branch had the most so it will likely be more muddy than the rest.

CRAPPIE: It is tournament time around here so reports will be sketchy for the next 4 weeks. I will find out what I can and give as much general information as I can. Right n ow for us normal fishermen just looking to catch fish I would say bridge piers, bluffs, and brushpiles. Make sure you can fish above the thermocline when you see it on your electronics. It should be somewhere around 12 feet down. On a really hot day it is sometimes possible to find fish dip down below that to cool off. Fish early and late in the day on bluffs, brush, and bridges. You will likely have to weed through a lot of small fish to catch enough keepers for a meal.

CATFISH: Channel cats should be biting wherever you can find inflow. Crawlers are generally a good bet. We have not heard much on blues or flatheads so I assume a lot of them are on the nest right now. That is not to say you can’t catch some since they don’t all go down at the same time.

BASS: Whites still seem to be hitting in the evening. Small crankbaits are getting hit. As a bonus you might catch some crappie or walleye in the mix. Points, humps, and islands are the place to be for these. We have heard of a lot of largemouth being caught but they seem to be hot one day and cold the next.

NOTES: We are starting our 4 week tournament streak here on the lake. Chigger Hill has their’s tomorrow. You can still enter that one. Their phone number is on our links page. The following week is the Shack tournament, which is always a good one and a fundraiser for local charities. After that is Jack and Jill tournament, which is a fundraiser for breast cancer work. Finally, on August 6 is the Crappie Master tournament. Check with us for information on any of these. The weigh in’s are always a good time.

UPDATE 7/7/16

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Lake level is 607.2 and rising. We had 5″ of rain over the weekend and another 2″ since then. The area was so dry that we really did not see all that much inflow into the lake. Even now the creeks are not running all that much. I assume the water is starting to show some staining but as clear as it was, that isn’t a bad thing. Water temp is in the low 80’s.

CRAPPIE: Pretty much the same bite as last week, trolling riprap, bluffs, points, channel edges, etc. You will have to weed through a lot of smaller fish to get at some keepers. Black/chartreuse, green/white are some good colors to start with. Don’t forget to add a nibble. I even heard of one person catching crappie in 50 FOW down about 25 feet. This was on a hot clear day. I have had that happen to me in the past as well, so I know it is not just a bunch of malarky. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone.

BASS: Whites are still hitting pretty good in the evening at the islands and on humps and points. There are a lot of black bass biting as well.

CATFISH: We are starting to hear of more blue’s getting caught. Also, this inflow should make catching channel cats a lot of fun. Stink bait or crawlers works for them.