By Steve Blake
Current lake level is 705.49 and water surface temp is 82 degrees.
Fishing has really picked up this week for some species. The crappie bite has been strong both on the lower lake and up the river arms. In the Sterett Creek Area fish can be found on brush piles in 8 to 20 feet of water from 6 to 15 feet down depending on the depth of water the pile is in. Minnows have been the best bait. Lots of small fish but you can work thru them and get a limit in the 10 to 12 inch size range. Most of the fish near the dam have been black crappie. Up the rivers long pole dipping with minnows on standing timber in 5 to 12 feet of water has been a good pattern, however there are a lot of crappie roaming the open flats with no cover feeding on new hatch fry. Look for these at depths of 12 to 16 feet in 15 to 20 feet of water.
White bass and hybrid fishing has picked up some with fish surfacing early and late in the day, and taken on jigging spoons on high spots in depths of 8 to 12 feet during the day. That is the best pattern for whites while live shad continue to be best for hybrids on the humps. Seeing several hybrids in the 10 to 12 pound range but they are very scattered and hard to find.
Large mouth patterns continue to be top-water early and late on main lake and secondary points or bluff ends, and go to a variety of plastics during the heat of the day. Best depths has been 8 to 12 feet.
That's it for this week; see you at Sterett Creek!