Written by Scott on June 30th, 2016
The fishing has been really good the past week! The milder weather has really improved the bite. The Corps has also decided to start dropping the lake level, which has improve the parking on the boat launch dramatically! Been seeing good size walleye coming in every day. The are really eating a Night Crawler! Also had some huge limits of bass on the Tues night tournament! Surface temps were in the low 90’s last week, so the crappie are deep and scattered. Some huge ones being caught on crank baits while trolling for walleye! Also seeing some good Flat Head Catfish being caught on trot lines on live bluegill. 8 to 15 ft range in the nearby coves.
Water Level – 661.1 and falling
Water Temp – 85 to 88 degrees
Water is Stained to Clear
Black Bass – Good on a variety of top water plugs. (The hot bait that is working right now is the Whopper Plopper made be River to Sea!) Also good on a 10″ Plum or Blue worm around structure and brush piles. Weedless plastics and jigs also working very well on banks with flooded brush.
Walleye – Good on dragging night crawlers on the flats and in front of coves. Also good on medium to large crank baits in 20 to 25 ft of water.
Crappie – Slow on live minnows. Fair when trolling small to medium crank baits. The surface temps have made the crappie go much deeper. Look for them suspended in 15 to 25 ft.
Catfish – Good. Flatheads good on Live baits such as bluegill on trot lines in coves. 10 to 18 ft range. Channel cats good on jug lines.
Written by Scott on June 18th, 2016
The fishing has been a little tougher after this last week of extreme heat. The surface temp around our area is already at 88 degrees! Pretty hot for the middle of June! Start fishing your deeper summer patterns for Walleye and Crappie. Bass are still good on a variety of jigs and lures. Also, keep in mind that the boat launch at the end of K Hwy is almost completely under water. With the new seasonal pool now set at 662.00, our boat launch and access road is a thing of the past. Frustrating to think that fishermen and recreational boaters living in and visiting the Branson area will struggle to find an access onto Bull Shoals Lake. I’ll elaborate more on the reason why this has happened in another post.
Lake Level – 663.5
Lake Temp – 88 degrees!
Lake is Clear to Stained
Black Bass – Good on Top Water early mornings and evenings. Also good on Jigs, plastics in the brush and big worms.
Walleye – Fair on deep diving crank baits and bottom bouncing night crawlers.
Crappie – Slow to Fair on live minnows. 15 to 20 feet deep.
Written by Scott on May 27th, 2016
The lake is on a steady rise with the recent rains but is still mostly free of debris. We will continue to rise until the elevation reaches 662.00 ft above sea level. This is now the NEW power pool set by the Corps. (Pool was raised to 659.00 from 654.00 to accommodate the new Minimum Flow Act set by congress. That has now been changed for a Summer Seasonal pool, adding 3 more ft.) Neadless to say, the boat launch at the end of K Hwy will have limited access this weekend. Lower road access was lost when we hit 660.00. But… the fishing is great! Bass and Walleye are the hot species right now!
Water Level – 661.3 and rising
Water Temp – 74 degrees
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good on top water Spooks, Buzz Baits and other plugs. Also good on Ned Rigs, 1/2 oz jigs and small to medium plastics.
Crappie – Fair on Live minnows. Hot and cold from day to day. Still reports of Crappie in 8 to 10, but have had some hitting around trees in 15 to 20! Swimming minnow color has been Pear and Glitter.
Walleye – Good on dragging night crawlers on the flats. 15 to 20 ft. Also hitting on medium size crank baits.
Written by Scott on May 6th, 2016
Fishing remains good this week. All species still very active! Crappie are still coming in with amazing size! Walleye have picked back up after the front has moved through. Seeing good numbers of keepers starting to come in. The lake remains in great condition for spring fishing!
Water Temp – 68 degrees
Water Level – 658.3 (Normal is now set at 660.7)
Water is Clear to Stained
Black Bass – Good on Top Water plugs, Spinner baits and Flippin’ Jigs. Fish right on the bank around brush.
Crappie – Good to Fair on Live Minnows in coves around stick ups. Also good on 2″ plastics in 5 to 10 feet off the banks in coves and around brush piles.
Walleye – Good to Fair on small crank baits. Both Flats and Bluffs sides produced well last week. Stay more shallow than deep right now. 20 ft or less.
Written by Scott on April 23rd, 2016
It’s time to call in sick to work this week!!! All species are hitting great! (Ok, the white bass are still a little late to the party,) but Crappie, Walleye and Black Bass have the perfect lake conditions to spawn and start feeding! This past few days, I have heard a roller coaster of fish stories coming into the dock. Crappie and bass one day, walleye the next! With the water temp finally rising, the bite is changing fast! (We’ve had the fish cleaning station used more this week than we did all of last year!) Blessed to have normal lake conditions and a usable boat launch!
Water Level – 658.3 (Normal is 659.00)
Water Temp – 63 to 65 degrees
Water is Clear to Stained
Black Bass – Good on Shakey Head plastics, Spinner Baits, Light Jigs and Baby Brush Hogs. Buck Brush, points and coves with small gravel sides. Throw right onto the bank. The big females will be on the beds later this week.
Crappie – Good to Great on live minnows on structure in coves! Not big numbers, but huge size to the crappie! Averaging 13 to 15 inches! You find the right tree, you can load up on a bunch fast! Late afternoon has been the best the past few days.
Walleye – Good trolling on small crank baits such as Flicker Shad 6 & 7 sizes. Also good on Hot n Tots and Rapala Count Down baits. (Chrome and Blue is always a great color on this lake.) Troll shallow in 10 to 15 feet near the points and rock bluffs.
Written by Scott on April 8th, 2016
The bite is really starting to pick up around the K Dock area! Finally seeing a good number of big Crappie coming in! The Bass are also hitting on a large variety of lures and jigs. If we could just get the water temp to jump up to 60+ it will be awesome!!! The lake is looking great for spring fishing. At normal level with good color… and no Debris!!! The boat launch and courtesy dock is out of the water! (Its been a long time since I have been able to post that!) Please stop in to check out our new line of spring tackle! We have crappie minnows for $2.50 per dozen and Canadian night crawlers. Judy and I are ready to see some anglers this year!
Water Temp – 54 to 57 degrees
Water Level – 658.8 (Just below normal pool)
Water is Stained to Clear
Black Bass – Good on Wiggle Warts, Spinner Baits and Alabama Rigs. Also good on Finesse Jigs and Shaky Head plastics. Not quite out of pre-spawn patterns.
Crappie – Good on swimming minnows and live minnows in coves. Still not right up on the banks, but should change if we can get some warm days in a row. Hitting in 8 to 10 ft near timber and brush piles.
Walleye – Slow on night crawlers and small crank baits. Lots of shorts being caught. Much better closer to Power Site Dam area.
White Bass – ?????? No reports around the dock. Strange, but the water temp needs to come up to see them chasing shad on the flats here. Much better numbers in the Beaver Creek arm of the lake.
Written by Scott on March 18th, 2016
Starting to see large numbers of dead / floating shad around the dock today. (Normal to see shad die going into the early spring.) Good time to throw a jerk bait for the bass feeding on the struggling shad! Lots of surface current with the inflow of water that Table Rock is releasing after the massive flooding that occurred in Springfield last week. Looking at water levels to remain steady through this weekend. Lower road around to the boat launch should be drivable as well. Water color is great for bass fishing right now! Fish the pre-spawn patterns for bass. They are holding at about 10 ft suspended. Not right on the banks just yet.
Water Level – 660.2 and rising
Water Temp 50- 55 degrees
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good Pre-Spawn pattern. Jig, Jerk Bait (Diving/Suspending) and Soft Plastics in 10 to 15 ft. Throw a “Pearl” color plastic in the form of a Swim Shad or Fluke. Also try a Wiggle Wart or Spinner Bait on breezy days. A Rig also working on suspended bass.
Crappie – Slow to Good on live minnows and small plastics. Getting better every week, just need some sunny days. Not on the banks yet. 10 to 15 ft in the coves around brush piles and trees.
Walleye – Slow on crank baits and Night Crawlers. Have had reports of a few shorts being caught, but not a lot of bites yet. More action up the lake toward the Power Site Damn.
White Bass – No action around K Dock yet. Much better up the lake. Need another 5 to 10 degree warm up.
Written by Scott on March 2nd, 2016
I’m sure that all anglers are very excited to see the lake back down to a normal level! The mild winter has kept the water temp much warmer for this time of year than in past. We are already pushing 50 degrees and the water condition looks great!!! The Crappie that have been coming in are ready to release their eggs! Now that the lake has stopped dropping a foot per day, the crappie are starting to stage on brush piles in the coves. Not along the banks yet, but that will change when we get 60 to 65 degree surface temp. The Bass are getting up toward the banks with the warmer days pushing the surface temp up every week. Really starting to hit a Wiggle Wart and Spinner bait! Starting to see large amounts of shad around the dock. Should be a good time for a Jerk Bait! No reports on the White Bass or Walleye yet. (Waiting to here from some of my friends that fish upper Bull around Beaver Creek. The lake was so high last month, we didn’t get the walleye anglers near K Dock that we usually see in February. But that is about to change!) Hope to have more information on that when we re-open this weekend.
Water Level – 659.00 (Normal Power Pool for March)
Water Temp – 47 to 50 degrees
Water is Stained to Clear
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The lake is dropping at almost 1/2 a foot per day! That is making for a very slow bite for most species of fish. However, the water temp is cooling off which should trigger the fish to start feeding in their fall pattern. Been seeing some big bass come in off of deep diving crank baits as well as buzz baits! Walleye and crappie are getting better every week as the lake gets back down to around normal power pool.
Water Level – 672.7 (Normal pool is 659.00)
Water Temp 75 degrees
Water – Clear
Black Bass – Fair on Spinner Baits, Buzz Baits and Crank Baits. Also Fair on Square Billed Crank Baits and Jigs.
Walleye – Fair on bottom bouncing Night Crawlers. Also Fair on Shiners and Spoons near Power Site Dam area. Also being caught on Brown Craw colored crank baits off of steep rock bluffs.
Crappie – Fair on live minnows around trees and brush piles.