Written by Scott on September 12th, 2013
Fishing has started to improve since the lake has stabilized after last months flooding. Bass are starting to feed on shad and crawdads in shallower water. Walleye have been staying very deep in the 30 to 40 ft range. This should change as soon as the surface temp drops into the 70′s. The lake is almost at the new power pool level, which gives anglers more brush and cover to throw into.
Water Level – 660.4 and falling
Water Temp – 84 degrees
Water is Clear to Stained
Black Bass Good early morning and just before dark on top water plugs and buzz baits. Also good on heavy football jigs. Fish rocky bluffs that drop quick into deep water. A big plum worm might still be a good bait for some of the big bass that are suspended in the 15 to 20 ft range.
Walleye Fair on spoons and large minnows. Also fair on night crawlers off of deep drops. Not many reports of walleye being caught in this heat, but that should change over the next few weeks.
Crappie Fair on live minnows. Suspended deep in brush piles.
Catfish Good on jugs and lines. Also good on casting out a big night crawler in the coves. Live crawfish have produces some big Flat Heads this past month! Lots of Channel Cats on livers and other stink baits as well.
Written by Scott on June 27th, 2013
Sorry for the delay in posting a report. My wife has had some major health issues that have kept us busy this month. She is doing much better now.
Bull Shoals has started releasing water, which is resulting in about a 2 – 3 inch drop per day. The water temp shot up fast, into the mid 80′s. Clear water conditions with little to no debris. We are 8.4 ft above the normal power pool of 654 which makes for beautiful lake conditions!
Water Level – 662.4 and falling
Water Temp – 85 degrees
Water is Clear
Black Bass are Good on 10″ soft plastic worms, brush hogs, jigs and top water baits. Also hitting spinner baits on windy days. Work rock points and rock bluffs. Bass have started to move to deeper water during the day.
Walleye are Good on large crank baits and bottom bouncers. These fish have also moved to the deeper, cooler water. Look for the big keepers suspended in about 15 to 25 foot range.
Crappie are Fair on minnows over brush piles. Also lots of crappie coming in while trolling with small to medium crank baits in 10 – 20 ft of water. The Crappie are scattered all over the lake right now.
Written by Scott on May 24th, 2013
Fishing is starting to pick back up in a big way now that the water is warming up. The recent flood has set the lake at about 10 ft above power pool. The lake, however, is clear with occasional debris on the main channel and backs of coves. Many fish are still holding eggs. Bass and crappie are either on the beds this weekend or have just left the beds to start feeding. With the water up, you will have more bank cover to fish. Focus on the brush and vegetation sticking up along the banks and the far backs of coves. Unfortunately the K Dock Launching Ramp has only about a 1/4 of the parking area remaining out of the water.
Water Temp 70 degrees
Water Level 663.9
Water is Clear
Black Bass are Good on top water baits, spinner baits and a variety of small plastics. Also hitting 1/2 oz jigs and Alabama rigs. The Zara Spook has been a great top water choice in the backs of coves. Pitch a brush hog or jig into standing brush and cover in the coves and off of points.
Crappie are Good on live minnows and 2″ swimming minnows along the cove banks and in dense brush piles.
Walleye are Fair on small to medium crank baits over the sand flats. Also fair on silver or gold spoons in 15 to 20 ft of water on sand flat drops.
White Bass are Good on three wire Alabama Rigs with 2″ swimming minnows. Also good on white rooster tails, small spinner baits and silver Rattle Traps.
Written by Scott on May 3rd, 2013
The lake is now 6 ft above normal power pool with a very cold surface temp. The water is clear at the marina, but a lot of surface debris remains from the recent flooding. The lake starts to change color and rise in temperature past the 37 marker. This end of the lake has seen a 10 degree drop in surface temps causing all species of fish to become very slow. I hope by next weekend to have a better report than what we are going to see this weekend! Snowing hard right now! Keep the jerk baits tied on! We have February weather in May!
Water Temp – 49 – 54 degrees
Water is Clear with Surface Debris
Water Level – 660.2 and rising
Black Bass are Fair on Jerk Baits, Jigs and small Plastics.
Crappie are Slow on Live minnows and 2″ swimming minnows. Try clear and glitter, Tennessee shad or Pink plastics. Most crappie are still holding eggs.
Walleye are Slow on medium crank baits trolling. (Debris has made it very difficult to troll around the K Dock area since the flood) Also try Shiners and 1/2 oz spoons.
White Bass are Good when the shad surface. We have seen a huge number of whites come into the marina in the past few weeks! Find the shad, you will find the whites. Big females are still full of eggs.
Written by Scott on April 12th, 2013
Just a quick report on the K Dock area. Crappie are really hot right now! They are in their spawn. Fish the coves from 5 – 10 ft from the bank. Colors to try are – Tennessee Shad, Clear and Glitter and Pink. Go small with a 1/16th oz jig head and a 2″ plastic. Good Luck!
Written by Scott on March 8th, 2013
The warmer temps arriving this weekend should really increase the feeding of all species of fish. We have been averaging a cold 41 degrees surface temp for the past several weeks, which has slowed the fishing down some. If the lake can get into the upper 40′s, we will see a dramatic increase in fish activity in shallower water. The lake has been stable at 649 ft which puts us at 5 ft below power pool.
Water Level – 649.1 ft
Water Temp – 41 – 43 degrees
Water is Stained to Clear
Black Bass – Bass are being caught in good numbers on a variety of baits including: Jerk Baits, Wiggle Warts and Spinner Baits. Colors to try in the Jerk Baits are purple, pearl and Table Rock Shad. Red Craw has worked well in the Wiggle Warts and Bomber A’s. The Alabama Rig has been working in clear water off the steep drops near the river channel.
Walleye – Fair amounts of walleye have been caught off the sand flat drops using a green/orange belly Jerk Bait. Also several keepers being caught off the rock bluffs on crank baits, spinner baits and jerk baits.
Crappie – Fair on live minnows and swimming minnows around brush piles. Try smoke & glitter, black & pearl and straight pearl colors.
White Bass – Good while trolling shallow running crank baits over the sand flats. Should start seeing the whites move into the coves and streams as the water temp rises.