Fishing Report Oct 19th, 2017

Written by Scott on October 20th, 2017

Great reports for all species of game fish coming in from the anglers last weekend!  Lake level is now below normal and is dropping at about an inch per day.  Really good color to the water for bass fishing too!  Not as dark, but good, stained water for fishing.  As the lake drops, the Oxygen and cooler water temps have really improved the walleye, bass and crappie bite around our area.  Should get better and better with these weather conditions!  Still the most shad that I have ever seen in this area of the lake!  You can throw a top water bait and see the water explode with shad!  The Spotted Bass look like Footballs!  Ha!

Water Temp – 68 to 71 degrees

Water Level is 656.9 and falling  (Normal is 659.00)

Water is Stained

Walleye – The bite was really good this week from K Dock up towards the Power Site Dam!  Trolling medium to large crank baits, bottom bouncing night crawlers and bottom bouncing #7 Flicker Shads in 20 ft of water!  Several 5 to 7 lb walleye came in last weekend!

Black Bass – Good to Great on top water Buzz Baits, Spooks, Whopper Ploppers or anything you have in the top drawer of you tackle box!  (It doesn’t matter when you see the amount of shad in the coves!)  Also throw a medium to heavy jig on the points and steep rock bluffs.  Crank baits down the bank as well.

Crappie – Getting better.  Live minnows around brush piles and any structure.  Still seeing some big ones suspended in deeper water.  Swimming minnows also working well.

Bluegill – Great on a bobber and worm!  Treat the kids to a day of fishing the old school way!  Just pick a cove!  Enjoy!

Catfish – Flat Heads Good to Great on Trot Lines with live bluegills!  The water level is perfect to set lines now.  The Gar have started to retreat with the cooler water temps.  Should have a better chance at hitting a big cat without the gar getting there first!

 

Fishing Report Oct 5th, 2017

Written by Scott on October 6th, 2017

We have finally reached normal pool of 659.00!  Water is very stained, but all species of fish are really starting to hit!  Water temp is still 75 to 78, which is really warm for October.  Need this to drop for some good fall fishing.  Of course, some rain would help!  (Can’t believe I just asked for rain after all the floods. Ha!)  Got some good Crappie reports this week… Finally!  Over brush piles in coves.  Bass getting better on Top water plugs and Jigs. Also large crank baits, White or anything with Chartreuse due to the murky water conditions.  Walleye much better trolling medium to deep crank baits and dragging night crawlers.  Crappie hitting live minnows and Chartreuse plastics.   See a pattern here?  Throw a Chartreuse colored Jig, Craw or Crank Bait.  Shad are schooling by the Millions around the lake!!!  These fish have a lot to eat after the April flood!  Keep casting!  Find the shad, and you will find the Big Fish under them! 

By the way… The boat launch is now available!!!!!!  Haven’t got to say that since middle of April!  So unplug from the horrible news on TV and come see us this weekend!  It’s always a good day to fish at K Dock!

Fishing Report Sept 20th, 2017

Written by Scott on September 20th, 2017

Lake is almost back to seasonal pool of 661 to 659.  The boat launch is now being used by a small number of people with access from the top of the bluff on Warren Rd and Parksley Ln.  Still dropping 5 to 6 inches per day, but Army Corps predicts being at conservation pool next Sunday the 24th.  All species are still very slow.  Can’t wait for next week when the lake conditions should get back to normal!  Walleye, Bass and Crappie can get back into normal pre-fall patterns.

Water Level – 662.8 and falling

Water Temp – 76 to 78 degrees

Water is stained

Fishing Report Aug 18th, 2017

Written by Scott on August 18th, 2017

The lake is continuing to drop about 4 to 5 inches per day.  This has had a big impact on the number of fish being caught right now.  Fish do not react well to extreme changes in water level.  Water color and temp are great, just a slow bite for all species.  Live bait working the best right now.  Hope to get a better report from some of our anglers after this weekend.  

Water Level – 678.9 and falling (20 ft above normal)

Water Temp – 80 to 82 degrees

Water is Clear to Stained

 

Fishing Report Aug 4th, 2017

Written by Scott on August 4th, 2017

The lake is finally on a steady drop of about 4″ per day.  The recent rains have helped cool the surface temp, making for some much better fishing conditions.  Most species are still hanging deep though.  Early morning has produced some decent top water bites this past week!  Should see the walleye bite get better with these temps cooling off.  Hope to get back to levels where anglers can bottom bounce night crawlers again! 

Water Level – 683.8 and falling  (Normal is 660.00)

Water Temp – 83 to 86 degrees

Water is Clear 

Black Bass – Good to Fair on heavy jigs, big plastic Plum worms and a variety of plastic Craws and Creature baits.  Also hitting on large crank baits off the points.  Try top water very early morning.  Spook or Whopper Plopper.

Walleye – Fair to Slow on medium to large crank baits.  Try trolling a deep diving crank bait that will go down around 20 to 25 ft!  If you graph them deep, drop a 3/4 oz silver or white spoon.

Crappie – Fair to slow on live minnows.

Blue Gill – Good on worms in the coves.  Small hook and a bobber!

Fishing Report July 20th, 2017

Written by Scott on July 20th, 2017

The lake is slowly starting to drop, but the surface temp is really going up!  Seeing most people fishing early and late evening to avoid the heat.  Not a lot of trolling right now.  All species are slow due to high water and temperature.

Water Level – 687.00 and falling  (27 ft above normal)

Water Temp is 88 to 92 degrees

Water is Clear

Fishing Report June 29th, 2017

Written by Scott on June 29th, 2017

Well… I have been a little preoccupied with the devastating flood that hit us at the end of April.  Sorry so long to post a report, but have been very busy trying to straighten the Marina out.  However, things are looking up!  The lake is still very high, but in perfect fishing and boating conditions this week!  Here is what I have been hearing from the fishermen and women the past two weeks:

Water Level – 688.7 (29 feet above normal)

Water Temp – 83 to 86

Water is Clear to Stained

Black Bass (Large Mouth, Small Mouth & Spotted Bass)  Good on big 10″ Plum colored plastic worms off of flooded road beds.  Also good on 1/2 oz jigs in 10 to 20 ft off of flooded flats and points.  Crank baits also good off of points and rocky bluffs.  Top water bite is good to fair in flooded brush.  Try a weed less frog.

Walleye – Good to Fair on night crawlers on flooded flats.  Medium size crank baits also working along the points and bluffs trolling.  Many being caught still shallow in 6 to 15 ft.  But, look for suspended walleye in 20 to 30 ft on your graph.  Drop a white or silver 1/2 oz spoon if you get on top of them!

Crappie – Slow due to high water.  Swimming minnows or live minnows around flooded trees.

White Bass – Slow due to high water.

Cat Fish – Good to Fair on Trot lines.  Also night crawlers in the entrance to coves.

Blue Gill – Very Good on Crickets about anywhere!  Also a great time to rig the kids up with a worm and a bobber in any cove!

 

 

Fishing Report April 13th, 2017

Written by Scott on April 13th, 2017

The water has cleared up a lot in the past week.  Lake level remains steady at about 3.5 ft below normal pool of 659.00 ft.  Surface temp has finally went above the 60 degree mark resulting in some great fishing! 

Water Level – 655.5 ft

Water Temp – 62 – 65 degrees

Water is clear

Black Bass – Good on a variety of small to medium plastics in the backs of coves.  Also good on Wiggle Warts and Rock Crawlers on points and into coves.  Spinner Bait working well on breezy days.

Crappie – Good on live minnows in the coves around bush piles.  Swimming minnows also working good.  Chartreuse seems to be the color right now.  Crappie should be right on the banks in a week or two!!!

Walleye – Fair on small to medium crank baits.  Should be in the 10 to 15 ft depths soon with the water temp rising.  Also fair on silver or white spoons.

White Bass – Fair up the lake from K Dock around the Beaver Creek arm.

Fishing Report March 31, 2017

Written by Scott on April 1st, 2017

The lake has jumped about 3 ft with the recent rains.  Limited debris, but a lot of color to the water today.  Dark green to rust color.  Good for bass fishing!  Not going to be very detailed on this report, but wanted to focus on the crappie bite.  Water temp is actually climbing to the 60 degree mark which should trigger a good bite with all species.  Crappie are good, but not great.  Live minnows and swimming minnows are really working in and around the brush piles in the coves!  60 to 65 degree surface temp should have them right on the banks of the coves!  Tomorrows sun should result in some great crappie fishing in the afternoon!  If your after bass, throw a small jig or small plastics on the points and high bluffs.  Walleye should start hitting small to medium crank baits trolling both shallow and near the bluffs.

Water Level – 654.5 and rising  (Normal pool is 659.00)

Water Temp – 55 to 59 degrees around K Dock

Water is Stained to Dark Green

Fishing Report March 17th, 2017

Written by Scott on March 18th, 2017

Time to re-string the reels for Spring fishing on Bull Shoals Lake!  The water level is down about 7 ft above normal this spring, around 651.7 ft.  (Normal pool is 659 ft above sea level for the spring).  Great water conditions right now!  All species are good to fair after the cold snap we had last week.  Surface temp around K Dock dropped about 5 degrees to around 50.  This weekends temps should bring the fish up chasing shad in the shallows.  White Bass are really starting to surface around the K Dock area!  Crappie should start to hit soon.  No big numbers yet, but that will change soon.  Have seen a lot of 12 to 14 inch Crappie being caught in nearby coves!  Boat ramp is accessible and courtesy dock is available, free of charge.  Can’t wait to see all of you at the dock this weekend!

Water Level – 651.7 and rising

Water Temp – 50 – 53 degrees

Water is Clear to Stained

Black Bass – (Large mouth, Spotted Bass and Small Mouth) – Good to Fair on a Wide Variety of lures.  The A-Rig is still a favorite with the water temps in the low 50’s.  Many catching bass on small crank baits such as Wiggle Warts, Rock Crawlers and Bombers.  Spinner Baits with small willow blades when windy.  Small to medium Jigs 1/2 or smaller on the steep rock bluffs and points.  And any type of Finesse plastics off the points and bluffs.

Crappie – Good to Fair on Swimming minnows on the sand flats and brush piles.  Small plastics in the colors Pink and Chartreuse have really been working around brush piles in the nearby coves!  But, Live Minnows and a bobber are perfect this time of year!

Walleye – Fair to Slow – Not a lot of reports coming in on Walleye trolling right now.  Horrible weather conditions last week.  Look for the shallow bite to start with the water temps coming up.  Troll with small crank baits such as Hot n’ Tots or Flicker Shads around the 5 to 7 size.  This time of year, you may troll to find large Walleye along the steep rock bluffs feeding on Crawdads after the spawn.  Great time to hit a monster crappie while trolling with a small crank bait!  Better reports of walleye coming in from Beaver Creek towards Powersite Damn area.

White Bass – Very Good – We finally have some shallow water to fish around K Dock!!!  Tie on a Lipless Crank Bait and hit the flats!  The Whites will be everywhere when we jump a few degrees in surface temp!  Your choice of soft or hard bait is up to you when they start busting the surface!!!

If you have been on this lake in the past 10 years, you know that it’s been rare to see these lake conditions in the spring!  If your new to the K Dock area, stop in the store on the weekend.  Ill give you some tips on where to fish, whatever game fish your after!   (Notice – Fishing Tips May Vary depending on the State your from.  Ha!)

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