Water temps are
mostly in the 50's and low 60's.The lake is slightly stained and
pulled back down about 4-5 feet (after being nearly full) .
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Bass: Fair - ----- Schools of spots mixed with hybrids, white bass and stripers and even the occasional largemouth can still be caught on jigging spoons and dropshot rigs on deeper offshore structures. A total of 50- 75 mixed bag fish a day is not uncommon. --------Baits such as Suspending Jerkbaits, unweighted Flukes, Senkos and spinnerbaits are catching shallow largemouth bass and spots.Try to fish these baits in or near any shallow cover or around schools of baitfish.Fish the open water in the pockets with 1/4 oz. Rat'l trap, a Strike King Lucky Shad crankbait or an A-Rig . The shallow bite will only get better as the water warms in February . The creeks seem to always warm first. The prespawn is just around the corner!!!
Linesides: Fair--- The down line bite with shad or bass shiners remains pretty good . Freelining a live bait will also work at times. Most of the fish seem to be holding 20 to 30 feet deep .---- The topwater bite is happening now but is still kinda hit or miss.As usual ,expect the best topwater bite very early and very late or on overcast or rainy days.----Look for gulls and loons diving ,this makes it easier to pinpoint schooling stripers. I usually throw a Redfin or Pencil Popper for bigger fish. A 3/8 or 1/2-oz. white Rooster Tail, a chrome C.C. Spoon and the A - Rig have also been producing. A bucktail jig is effective as well. The mouths of most creeks and the river ledges have been holding fish. Trolling with mid-depth crankbaits and Alabama Rigs can be effective in these areas as well.----- By late February a few linesides will start the river run if temps remain unusually warm.
CRAPPIE: Good - If the weather stays warm in February ,the ctappie fishing will get very good in a hurry. - Fishing with minnows or a small jig around brushpiles, and blowdowns in 3-6 feet of water will l produce some big pre-spawn crappie ,especially in the evenings .-- Fish can be caught deep as well on a straight line with minnows around creek channels. Concentrate on trees and brush that are close to the old creek channels .-- . As usual, crappie seem to love shade and cover.Yellow Jacket, Wolf and Whitewater creeks are producing already.-- Trolling the channels in these creeks with 1/16 oz. Jiffy Jigs will also produce nice catches in February.