Well… my wife just found out how long its been since I have updated a fishing report on our web site. Needless to say, she was Not happy with me! I am not one to get on the computer much, but I will do better, I promise! Just want to give a quick thanks to everyone who came into K Dock and made 2016 one of our best years ever!!! Finally had great water conditions!
The lake has been dropping fast the past few weeks at about 1.5 to 2 inches per day. That will make the bite slower. Water temp has finally started to drop. That should trigger the fish to move up shallower and start feeding before winter. Table Rock Lake is 6.5 feet below normal, which means very minimal water is coming into Bull Shoals. Fishing is always better when we have a flow of water coming over Power Site Dam. All species are slow right now. That being said, here is what I have seen happening this week.
Water Temp – 70 to 74 degrees
Water Level – 656.3 and falling (Normal for Oct is 659.00)
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good to Fair on Top Water baits early morning on the points. Buzz baits, Spooks and Whopper Ploppers working well! Heavy Jigs, Tube baits and Hard Heads with Green Pumpkin plastics working near the banks on the steep chunk rock bluffs. Also seeing bass being caught on Square Bill and Medium Crank baits off the bluffs. Spinner Bait working when we have windy conditions. (Caught some big Small Mouth this afternoon on a 3/4 oz, Peanut Butter and Jelly Jig about a mile from the dock!)
Crappie – Fair to Good on live minnows. This should get much better with the water temp dropping as more trees and brush piles appear in shallower water in the coves. Have seen good sized crappie the past few weeks, but no big limits yet. The front moving through tomorrow should bring on some good crappie fishing this weekend!
Walleye – Fair to Slow. Spoons in the 20 to 30 ft range with some short walleye starting to hit crank baits deep. Bottom Bouncing night crawlers in the deep cuts on the flats have also worked. This too will get better with the weather change and cooler water temps. We have been spoiled with too many Blue Bird days! Walleye like to feed in the overcast, cooler conditions!
Catfish – Good on live Bluegill. Seen some really good Flat Head on Trot Lines! Lets just hope the Gar go deep soon!
White Bass – Fair to Good. Seen several whites being caught by anglers while trolling. With the water level dropping, watch for the Whites chasing shad on the flats between K Dock and Beaver Creek! Keep a Rattle Trap handy!
Remember, we have minnows and night crawlers for sale through Dec! Thanks again for your business!!! (I hope this post will get me off the couch tonight!)