Fishing Report May 25th, 2018

Written by Scott on May 25th, 2018

The Fish Are Bittin’!!!  82 degree water with great lake conditions!  All Species are hitting right now!

Lake Level – 672.2  (13 ft above normal)  

Water Temp – 82 degrees

Water is Clear

Black Bass – Good on Top water plugs and Buzz Baits.  Also good on medium crank baits and jigs.  Spall plastics in the flooded brush in the backs of coves.  Plastic Worm bite soon.

Walleye – Good to Great on small to medium crank baits!  They are really shallow right now, less that 10 feet.  Also hitting spoons and night crawlers!

Crappie – Good to Fair on Live minnows and swimming minnows.  Scattered post spawn down the banks and in coves around brush.

Fishing Report April 25th, 2018

Written by Scott on April 26th, 2018

Finally getting the surface temp to come up above 48 degrees!  Reading 56 degrees today at the marina.  Warmer down the lake and in the coves.  Should be Great fishing this weekend!  All species starting to turn on.  If we can hit 60 degrees or higher, the Crappie and Bass should be up to the banks!  Still dealing with lots of cold rain today, but should be ok with the forecast of nothing but sun for the next 5 days!  More and more crappie have been coming in off of brush piles in the coves from Beaver Creek to Bear Creak on the Arkansas line!  Walleye will be moving up out of the deep water by this weekend.  Hope to get to post some good reports by Friday!  Let’s just hope that the Corps starts letting some water out this spring so we can use the boat launch again!  Ugh.

Water Level – 665.6 and rising  (Normal is 659.00)

Water Temp – 56 to 58 degrees

Water is Clear to Stained, with little to no debris.

Fishing Report March 23rd, 2018

Written by Scott on March 23rd, 2018

I know, I know… pretty sad that I haven’t posted a fishing report since October!  Believe me, Judy has been yelling at me too!  Really excited about the Corps keeping the lake level around normal for this spring!  We have access to the boat ramp as well as the courtesy dock!  Big thanks to our friends at Taney County Road and Bridge for keeping the access road and parking lot cleared of debris!

The Lake looks Great for this weekend!  Still cold compared to the temps on Table Rock, but we are starting to get the surface temps up.  Crappie are really starting to hit live minnows!  Not on the banks yet, but decent reports down the lake from the dock.  Slow presentation and live minnows on brush piles in the coves!

Lake Level – 658.66  (Normal pool is 659.00)

Water Temp – 49 to 52 degrees

Water is Stained to Clear

Crappie – Good to Fair on Live Minnows on top of brush piles and structure.  Colors of swimming minnows to use are:  Pink & Chartreuse, Pearl and Smoke & Glitter.  Had a few anglers with some good limits last weekend!  Most were finding the crappie in the creek coves from the 36 lake marker down to the Arkansas line.  The water is a few degrees warmer down the lake.   But, the coves near K Dock are really starting to produce some good numbers of Big Crappie!

Black Bass – (Large Mouth, Small Mouth & Spotted Kentucky’s)  A-Rig, Jerk Baits and 1/2 oz or smaller jigs.  Bass will start hitting the Thread Fin Shad and searching for Crawfish for protein coming out of the winter months.  Ned Rig is a great plastic to throw in the spring as well!  However, great reports of bass being caught on Wiggle Warts and Rock Crawlers!  Brown/Tan and Red Craw colors.  These work great with a little wind!  Crank them down in the 5 to 8 ft range right now.  Make contact with the rocks on the high bluff sides and then slow your retrieve.  Remember, these fish are still a little slow coming up from 48 degrees water!

Walleye – Fair on trolling with small to medium crank baits.  Still deep, but that should change soon.  Hitting spoons off of points.  Hope to get a better report this weekend.

White Bass – Head to the Beaver Creek arm of the lake just 6 miles up from the dock!  If we get the high temps this weekend, they should be feeding there!  White Rooster Tail or a Silver Rattle Trap!

Well, I look forward to seeing lots of you at the marina this year!  Lets hope we can put the crazy floods behind us for a few years!  I wish all of you the best of luck fishing this year and pray that your motor starts when you turn the key!  Ha!  (By the way… we sell cranking batteries too!)

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!

 

 

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