Well it is clear that early Fall has arrived.
Recent rains have brought the lake level up a foot to 706.25, and the cooler
temps have the main lake surface water temp down to 70 degrees. Whille searching
for bass in the back of a major creek this week I found 61 degree water.
The best action this week, as it has been for
several weeks has been for the white bass and hybrids. We were able to limit on
whites and smaller hybrids this week in less than an hour every day we were out.
These fish are taking 1/2 to 3/4 ounce Bob Bates Spoons on the humps in 10 to 16
feet of water, and are in big schools feeding on shad. O 3, and KK Isalnd
have been the best areas. The whites and hybrids will soon go to the banks and
start that fall feedup that Truman is famous for. I look for this to happen in a
week or so with the cooler temps that are forecast.
The crappie bite has slowed as the fish begin to
scatter to move to the backs of the creeks. There are still a few fish on the
shallow brush piles in 10 to 15 feet of water on minnows fished just off the
bottom. You can expect to take 5 to 10 fish on a pile then move to another. If
you are patient they are there to be caught you just have to hit several piles
to boat a limit.
I have also had reports of crappie on the
bluffs 20 to 25 feet deep on the outside trees. In addition there are some
crappie showing up in the backs of the major creek arms 5 to 10 feet deep
on timber. As I said they are scattered.
Bass fishing this week has been to say the least
very tuff. A few fish on topwaters early and late , and mostly non keeper size.
The rising water and cooler water temps to come this week should see the bass
move to the backs of the creeks and coves to feed on shad very soon. When they
do move to the backs spinner baits, rattletraps, sqarebill crank baits, and buzz
baits can all be effective. Fish chartruse and shad colors of these baits.
I have had no reports on cats this week as really
at Sterett Creek the catfishermen have not beemn out.
The fall feedup is not far away. Continue to watch
the report and I will let you know as it fires up.
See ya at Sterett Creek
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
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