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
Written by Scott on October 14th, 2015
Written by Scott on October 1st, 2015
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.
Written by Scott on September 18th, 2015
The lake is starting to drop at a pace of around 4 inches per day. This will increase even more when work begins to repair Power Site Dam in early Oct. Surface temps have climbed back up this week to near 80 degrees. The water is clear and still very high for this time of year. We are set to drop another 19 feet by Nov 12th. Fishing has been getting better and should prove to be a great fall season for almost all species of fish!
Water Level – 678.8 (High)
Water Temp 75 to 80 degrees
Water – Clear
Black Bass – Good on spinner baits, crank baits and football jigs off the steep points. Also good on buzz baits and spooks early morning and evenings. Bass have been busting massive schools shad! Keep a rod ready for when they surface!
Walleye – Fair to Good on bottom bouncing night crawlers. Also trolling large crank baits near the river channel. Blue and chrome has been working well this week.
Crappie – Fair to Slow due to high water. Scattered and deep on live minnows.
Written by Scott on September 4th, 2015
The lake remains very high with a small amount of water being released through the generators only out of Bull Shoals Dam. We are still about 25 feet above normal, making it difficult to fish our normal patterns for Walleye and Crappie. The bass have been hot and cold the past few weeks, but are starting to feed on shad and crawdads. The lake may be high, but I have never seen it this nice and clear in September! Should be back to normal mid Nov. Fall fishing should be great!
Water Level – 684.00 (Very High)
Water Temp – 85 degrees
Water – Clear
Black Bass (Large Mouth, Small Mouth & Spotted Bass) – Good on Top water early mornings. Also good on Jigs, Green Pumpkin Plastics and Crank Baits off the points.
Walleye – Fair on Large Crank Baits and Shiners. Bottom Bouncing is very difficult at this time due to the high water. Spoons working good on suspended walleye off the sand flats.
Crappie – Fair to Slow due to high water. Live minnows around trees and brush piles may work when the water temp drops below 80 degrees.
Bluegill – Good on crickets and pieces of night crawlers. Bobber fish the rock bluffs and deep coves.
Written by Scott on July 30th, 2015
The water is finally starting to drop! Of course, we are still 32 feet above normal for this time of the year. Recent heat waves have pushed the surface temp over the 90 degree mark. Look for fish much deeper due to the hot water temps and the very clear water. Right now is a great time to get the family out for some good old bobber fishing for huge bluegill and sun fish! They are really feeding on the water bugs skimming the surface of every cove. K Dock and upstream still has debris both mornings and evenings, but all clear down stream towards AR.
Water Level – 691.5
Water Temp 88 – 92 degrees
Water is Clear
Bluegill/Sunfish – Very Good on small pieces of worms or crickets in the coves.
Black Bass – Good on top water early. Also good on jigs, Carolina rigs and weedless plastics on road beads and parking lots.
Walleye – Fair on night crawlers. Should be able to troll with deep diving crank baits down stream from K Dock.
Crappie – Slow and scattered.
Written by Scott on July 7th, 2015
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The lake is almost 30 feet above normal as of this morning. Heavy rains expected with flooding for the entire White River Basin. The determined fishermen that have been able to get out lately have been bringing in some good bass and walleye. Some of the best fish have been on night crawlers on flooded road ways and parking areas. The boat launch is now 27 feet under water.
Black Bass – Good on night crawlers, medium to large plastic worms and top water early. Work flooded brush early morning and early evenings with small, weedless plastics and top water lures.
Walleye – Good to Fair on night crawlers on parking areas and flats that are now under water. Trolling has been difficult due to small debris in the lake. Early morning has been the best!
Crappie – Fair to Slow on live minnows.