By Steve Blake
Current lake level is 707.08 and water surface temp at the dam is 86 degrees.
Well the hot weather that has hit us the past two weeks has everyone coming to the lake. Best bite for me this week has been for crappie in Sterett Creek and dam areas. Finding fish in 10 to 15 feet of water 7 to 10 feet deep vertical fishing minnows over the top of brush piles on the flats. Catching a mix of both white and black crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size range with an occasional bigger fish.
Lots of blue cat on cut shad in the 3 to 7 pound class on cut shad in 6 to 12 feet of water. Main lake flats near the edge where they fall off into deeper water have been best areas.
Lots of white bass schooling on new hatch fry in the first hour and last hour of daylight or on cloudy days. Tons of small fish but some better fish are mixed with them. Cast a 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoon past the breaking fish and reel it back at a rapid pace and hang on!!!
Hybrids are still slow on the humps with live shad best bait and best bite is in the evening.
Large mouth still best in points with a variety of plastics. Best colors have been blue fleck and red shad. Some top-water action on Pop R's early and late.
Not much on walleye on the lake but the river below the dam is producing some walleye in the 3 to 6 pound range trolling fire tiger or or crawfish color crank baits on the high spots down stream from the dam.