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PENNSYLVANIA: Lake Arthur – Crappie on Jigs with Bright-colored Twister Tails

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Finally some cooler temperatures have fishing returning to normal!

Reports of walleye catches over the humps and along the road beds with worm harnesses have been coming in.

For crappie, try jigs with bright-colored twister tails in the weed beds.  Several nice catches of channel catfish are being caught.

Many hybrid striped bass are being caught in the 17-20″ size range.  This year class of fish will be legal next year.

Chad Foster (pa.gov)
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MISSISSIPPI: Lake Mike Conner – Crappie Can be Found Holding Near Structure, Jigs & Minnows Work Well

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Bass fishing has been good.  Most fish caught have been fairly small, but some in the 2 lb range were taken.  Please feel free to take a mess of small bass home with you!

Crappie can be found holding near structure in deeper areas of the lake.  Jigs and minnows work well.

Bream anglers have done well using worms, crickets, and tube jigs.

Catfish fishing has been great!  Fish are biting best at night.  Worms, chicken liver, and shiners have been good baits to use.  The hot spot has been between the boat ramp and the dam.

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MISSISSIPPI: Lake Beulah – 40 Crappie Trolling Out from Cow Patty Landing

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Mississippi river stage at Arkansas City is around 19.1 ft. and is on a slow fall. The public ramp is open.

Fishing pressure has been relatively low at Beulah lately but people are still catching fish.  One guy caught over 40 nice crappie trolling out from cow patty landing.  Anglers are also still fishing near the inlet near the public boat ramp.

There have been reports of anglers catching several white and stripped bass along the blue hole banks. Try using a white crankbait or a chartreuse spinner for this species.

Try for bass around piers or flooded trees with topwater lures like buzzbaits and frogs early in the morning and deeper running crankbaits and spinnerbaits during the heat of the day.  For bream, look for beds in shallow water using crickets or red worms.

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TEXAS: Crappie are Good on Minnows and Jigs

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

ALAN HENRY:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and Caroline rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD:
Water semi-turbid; 83-88 degrees; 5.67’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and moving to shallower water. Some crappie are still spawning shallow and fishing is good off the dam, state park piers and Henrietta and Deer Creek bridges on chartreuse jigs or minnows. White bass are good and schooling. Blue catfish are good on cut shad while anchored in 5-20 feet and on juglines.

FT. PHANTOM HILL:
Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 4.31′ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on chrome Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK:
83-89 degrees; 10.53′ low. Black bass are good on shaky head jigs, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows over deeper structure. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK:
Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 9.14’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and drop shot rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

O.H. IVIE:
Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 29.32′ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Yum Dingers and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Rooster Tails. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM:
Water stained; 83-89 degrees; 2.27′ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and deep diving H2O crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

SWEETWATER:
Water murky; 83-88 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER:
Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 17.95’ low. Black bass are good on live bait and Texas rigs worked along tree lines and brush. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Walleye are fair on live bait. Channel catfish are good on live bait.

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TEXAS: Crappie are Good on Minnows & White Tube Jigs

Friday, July 15th, 2011

TOLEDO BEND:
Water stained; 84-90 degrees; 9.12’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and stinkbait in 20-30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CONROE:
Water fairly clear; 84-90 degrees; 3.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and prepared bait.

GIBBONS CREEK:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms, Rat-L-Traps, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
Water clear; 87-90 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on watermelon red wacky worms and shad crankbaits in 16 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows near the marina in 12 feet. Red ear bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish to 4 pounds are good on juglines baited with cut shad in 15-25 feet.

LIVINGSTON:
Water fairly clear; 85-89 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits. Striped bass are good but small on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. White bass are good on pet spoons, troll tubes, and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN:
Water lightly stained; 84-90 degrees; 9.19’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows, spinnerbaits, and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait.

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TEXAS: Crappie are Good on Minnows and Jigs

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

ALAN HENRY:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and Caroline rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD:
Water semi-turbid; 83-88 degrees; 5.67’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and moving to shallower water. Some crappie are still spawning shallow and fishing is good off the dam, state park piers and Henrietta and Deer Creek bridges on chartreuse jigs or minnows. White bass are good and schooling. Blue catfish are good on cut shad while anchored in 5-20 feet and on juglines.

FT. PHANTOM HILL:
Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 4.31′ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on chrome Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK:
83-89 degrees; 10.53′ low. Black bass are good on shaky head jigs, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows over deeper structure. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK:
Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 9.14’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and drop shot rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

O.H. IVIE:
Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 29.32′ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Yum Dingers and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Rooster Tails. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM:
Water stained; 83-89 degrees; 2.27′ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and deep diving H2O crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

SWEETWATER:
Water murky; 83-88 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER:
Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 17.95’ low. Black bass are good on live bait and Texas rigs worked along tree lines and brush. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Walleye are fair on live bait. Channel catfish are good on live bait.

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ALABAMA: No Real Monsters, Just Plenty of Pound Crappie

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

With my son visiting family, that meant more time on the water for me.

So, I figured I would do a little night fishing by myself.  I launched at Hames Marina and fished for bass ‘til dark.  I caught several fish in the 2 to 3 pound range. All came in from 30 feet deep off of shaky heads and drop shot.  I fished shallower but only found small fish. As dark approached I used the last daylight to hit some secondary points for stripe.  I worked an area with two different size scroungers and worked a couple different techniques.  My hummingbird depth finder looked like the 4th of July. With fish from 20-40 feet, I boated three stripe all around ten pounds and had a 20 plus come off by the boat.  After losing the biggest fish, night set in and I headed to the lights to get some crappie for tomorrow’s lunch.  I put twenty in the cooler and called it a night. No real monsters, just plenty of pound crappie.  So if you interested in fishing Smith Lake day or night, give me a call.

I can put you on the fish.

Mike Walker
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MISSISSIPPI: Crappie – Catching in Deeper Water, Around Brushtops on Minnows & Jigs

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Water temps are running in the low 70’s.

The bream report is good with a lot of bream bedding right now in 3-8ft of water. Most anglers are tight-lining crickets and redworms, and a few are being caught on jigs. The bass reports have been fair to good. Most anglers are hitting shallow grassy areas, as well as points and the creek channel. Texas-rigged plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits have all been catching fish.

Look to catch a few bass holding around bream beds as well. We’re hearing more reports of bass anglers harvesting some fish, which should be a tremendous help to the population if it continues.

The crappie bite is fair with a few anglers catching them in deeper water around brushtops on both minnows and jigs.

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GEORGIA: Crappie and Striper Fishing

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Water temp is low 60’s in the biggest part of the lake with temps as low as 57 in upper end.

Finally the water temp has gotten right and the fishing on Lake Oconee has started off for the 2010/2011 year. First of all the crappie have been biting very well. Some big fish are being caught in the River Bend, Armor Bridge, and Lick Creek areas. Crappie anglers have been spider rigging and pulling jigs in these areas with great results. One angler told me that he caught his limit everyday for 3 weeks straight, and that was all before noon!

The stripers are starting there thing too. It seems like it takes longer each year for them to recover from the hot water. River Bend seems to be the place they always show up first. They are being caught on spoons, live bait and trolling crank baits. The largest ones now are around 6 to 7 pounds, but the bigger ones will show up any day. There is a small congregation of gulls on the lake, but they too will show up big in a few days.

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GEORGIA: Allatoona: June may be hot, but the fish still have to eat

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Allatoona: Level: 0.8 feet above full pool. Temp: 79-83 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. “June may be hot, but the fish still have to eat,” said Matt Driver. “Topwater is still good first thing in morning up until around 8 or 9 on poppers. Try the Spro Dawg 100 and the Zara Spook Jr. fished fast in a walk-the-dog motion.” Matt said the best bite has been in the evenings and at night. “We’ve been catching good numbers of spotted bass off bluff walls flipping a Vegas-flash colored Big Bite Bait’s Rojas Fighting Frog with an 1/8-oz. bullet weight and a 3/0 Gamakatsu worm hook. Or go with the ol standby, a finesse worm like the Big Bite Bait’s Squirrel Tail fished on a jig head. Get the boat close, and work the bait slowly. Where the rocks form points along the bluff wall seem to be the key areas. Work the bait at different depths to find where the fish are. The best thing going for bigger fish is a Spro Little John DD crankbait fished on points up the lake. Make long casts, and just slowly crank it back. You should feel the bait banging off the rocks. Keep in mind that it gets tough in the summer for bigger fish and usually only takes 10 to 12 pounds to be at the top of the leaderboard at most night tournaments.” Craig Miller at the Dugout reports, “Night fishing seems to be where it is at for green fish. Fish steep rock banks and points with single Colorado blade nighttime spinnerbaits. A Punisher short arm in black or black and red or a Hornet Night Bait are both working well. You can also cast medium-running crankbaits, such as a Norman DLN in raspberry or midnight-blue colors. As the water warms this month, start fishing brush or any wood cover with Texas-rigged worms and small jigs.”

Linesides:
Excellent. Guide Robert Eidson said the river run is over, and the fish are back in the main lake and biting like crazy. “I can catch more fish than I can catch bait right now,” Robert said. “We had a big shad kill this winter, so there’s not a lot of bait in the lake, which means these fish will eat anything right now. On the south end, there are a lot of fish in the mouths of Tanyard and Clark creeks, and they’re at Iron Hill, too. In the mid-lake, Marker 3E in Stamp Creek is holding a lot of fish, and Bartow-Carver and Illinios Creek are also good. The best bite is from the mouth of Kellogg Creek to the S turns. The schools will black my fishfinder out. I think every fish must have survived from the striper stocking three years ago. We’re catching a ton of 8- and 9-lb. stripers right now, and we’re catching a 50-50 mix of stripers and hybrids, which is unusual. The fish are holding right on the humps. If there’s a reef marker nearby, you’ll find fish. Downline live bait 30 feet down on a 35 foot bottom at edges of points and on humps.”

Crappie: Fair, and it’s best at night. “Concentrate your efforts around bridges and boat docks,” Craig said. “You may want to put floating lights out to draw in the bait. Use small- to medium-sized shiners on deep floats or freelines.”

Bream:
Good. “Fish the backs of the creeks around any cover,” Craig said. “Use a 2- to 3-foot length bobber rig. Pink worms and crickets seem to be the bait of choice.”


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