Lake level is 707.28 and surface water temps are
from 73 to 76 degrees.
Fishing this week has been pretty good for seveal
There has been some white bass schooling activity
on the lower lake as they feed on the new hatch fry beginning to show up in
little pods on the calm days. This surface activity has been the first two
to three hours of the day and late in the evening. Schooling activity is best
around the Sterett Creek islands, the Cemetary in Little Tebo, and KK I sland
areas. When you see the fish breaking the surface in large schools casting in
line spinners, roadrunners, or 1/4 ounce Bob Bates spoons past the schooling
activity and reeling them rapidly thru the fish will produce some bone jarring
strikes. The fish in these schools are of mixed size from very small to a pound
or more so you have to weed thru the little ones to catch good fish. Again look
for this schooling activity early and late in the day.
The crappie have been fair in most areas of the
lake this week on minnows. On the lower lake in the clear water the best pattern
has been fiishing large brush piles on the bluffs and the best depth on these
has been 10 to 12 feet. You will catch a ton of small non keeper fish as well as
some 10 to 12 inch fish in these areas so take plenty of minnows iof you want to
weed thru the small fish and get a limit of nice crappie. Up river in the Grand
and Osage arms the water is stained and the crappie are shalolow in 4 to nine
feet of water on the main lake flats on hedges and hardwoods. The fish in these
areas seem to be in little pods. You may fish 50 trees without a bite and then
take 5 to 10 good fish off of the next 4 trees. Stay with a total depth of 4 to
9 feet in the Grand and lift the minnow just a foot or so off the bottom
next to the tree. In the upper Osage fish 15 to 30 feet of water on the main
lake flats 8 to 12 feet down. The fish on the uppper areas of the lake are
running better average size but the fishing is slower there for numbers. The
bite in all ares for crappie is very very very soft so pay attention and do not
set the hook until you feel the fish put downward pressure on the rod tip or you
will miss the majority of fish.
The most fun bass bite this week has been on
topwaters in the clear water on the lower lake. Pop R's, smal buzz baits and
small spooks are producing well on the main lake and secondary points early and
late in the day and numbers of strikes are good. Bass of all sizes are being
taken on this pattern.
Have not seen any walleye this week, and the cats
seem to have slowwed also as have the hybrids. I feel this is because even thogh
they are running water we still have more water coming into the lake that they
are running out at the dam so there is really no current except for right at the
dam. If the lake begins to fall next week as they run water the current
will be there and the bite for cats walleye and hybrids should improve on the
humps and high spots.
See ya at Sterett
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
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