WOW will the rain ever stop??? As you might guess
the recent rains have the lake level coming up rapidly. Currently the lake is at
714 and still rising with water surface temp at 70 degrees.
The high water has changed fishing patterns this
week. The crappie have moved into the flooded bushes and willows as have the
largemouth and the cats.
Crappie are coming on SWARM jigs in flooded willow
and buckbrush bushes in 4 to 6 feet of water. Simply fish bush to bush putting
your jig right in the middle of the cover. Best color has been pink and white in
the clean water and black and chartruse in the muddy water. Best areas have been
main lake flats.
The largemouth also are in the bushes and flooded
grass on main lake points with a variety of baits working. Topwaters, worms,
buzzbaits, spinner baits, and frogs are all producing bass. It is a fun time to
bass fish as the fish are all up shallow.
Blues and channels are coming in 2 to 6 feeet of
water in the flooded cover in the backs if the creeks. Cut shad and
nightcrawlers fished 3 feet deep on a bobber will produce plenty of action, as
will jugs also set shallow.
The hottest action this week has been at the weir
wall in front of the dam. White bass, hybrids, walleye, crappie, and catfish are
all coming in this area. Spoons, Swarm jigs on a 1/4 ounce head fished tipped
with a minnow, and sassy shads are all working on the weir. Hold your boat in 18
to 21 feet of water on the front drop of the wall and fish baits on the bottom.
Depending on water clarity the action here can be fast and furious. When the
water muddies up SLOWWWW down your presentation for best
As the water begins to fall next week action should
pick up even more everywhere on the lake.
That's the report for this week. See ya at Sterett
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
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