Archive for August, 2017

UPDATE 8/30/17

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Lake level is at 603.1. Water clarity is good by MTL standards. Water temp is upper 70’s.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is pretty good right now with fish being caught in quite a variety of places. I have heard of good catches from the back reaches of some of the larger arms as well as bluffs and bridge piers. As usual, the piers will have generally smaller fish than the arms. Chartreuse seems to be a good place to start but pink is doing quite well also. Minnows are working well. You can catch them on timber from 12 to 30 FOW or even more but the fish are generally running about 12 to 14 feet deep.

CATFISH: We have heard the channel cats are doing ok but with no influx of water they are spread out. There have been some blues and flatheads being caught, especially in the 10# range. As has been the case most of the summer, shad is the bait of choice, though goldfish are also doing ok. As the water cools perch will be good again as well.

BASS: Whites have been sporadic all year for some reason, though we did see a lot of them being caught one evening. As always, shiny or white works well when you can find them hungry. No reports on largemouth recently. With the Buddy Bass tournament coming up in 2 weeks I am sure people are keeping there info to themselves for now.

NOTES: We are still doing BBQ on Friday and Sat nites from 5 till 9. We do have a supply of perch. The lake will be crowded with pleasure boaters for this last holiday weekend of the summer so be careful out there.

ANOTHER NOTE: There is quite a lot of stuff going on in Florida on Saturday, Sept 2 so you might want to check that out.

UPDATE 8/22/17

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Lake level is about 603.3. Theri site is down right now so I can’t confirm. The rain we got did not have much affect on the levels. Water clarity is good. Water temp is low 80’s.

CRAPPIE: The bite has been good if you are looking for meat fish. There are plenty to catch from 9″ to 11″. They are getting pretty solid since they have all the shad to eat they can handle. Solid chartreuse, pink/Chart, and pink/white seem to be working well. Try the bluffs and bridge piers. We seemed to have our best luck slow trolling, say about .3 to .5 mph fishing 15 to 20 FOW. If there is some timber in your path spend some extra time on them. The fish seem to be a bit bigger at those spots.

BASS: No reports of largemouth this past week. White’s are still not making much noise, though I did manage to see some activity in the midst of all the shad boils, and there are a lot of shad boils all around.

CATFISH: With the rain this week the channel cats are again biting at any inflow. Crawlers are a good bet. There are also some smaller blues mixed in. There are also some blues and flatheads coming in from people running lines or jugs. You should have no problem finding some shad to net.

NOTES: First…be careful out there!!! The lake is at a low level and there are lots of places to get you into trouble. There was another accident this week where some folks in a pontoon hit an obstruction in the water and had to be airlifted to the hospital. Luckily one of the passengers, a little girl, had her life jacket on and survived being thrown overboard. BE CAREFUL!

MORE NOTES: We have minnows again. There was a short disruption Sunday/Monday but we are good to go.

Update 8/9/17

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Lake level is 604.2. Water is quite clear (for MTL). Water temp is about 80 degree’s. It has cooled considerably with this cooler weather we have been enjoying.

CRAPPIE: Lots of fish being caught right now. Most of them are in the 9 to 11 inch range. Plenty of people are limiting out. Find brush piles in 10 to 20 FOW or bridge piers, or even blowdowns. In shallower water you can find them near the bottom. Pink seems to be a good color choice whether mixed with black or white. Chartreuse will work as well. Don’t forget to add a nibble. Minnows are working well also.

BASS: There are some white bass hitting on the points and islands. Watch for the shad busting. Largemouth seem to be a bit tough right now.

CATFISH: Plenty of channel cats to be caught. Blues and flatheads are still pretty tough, though there are some being caught. I heard of both flatheads and blues in the 25# range over the past few days.

NOTES: We are finally through the tournament stretch so now the folks out fishing will be pleasure or meat fishing. You will find them to be more open to giving out information.

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