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MISSOURI: Guides Doing Well Using Chompers, Tightlines & ROBO Finesse Worms

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Branson:

Fishing guide trips continue to produce quantity and as well as quality despite the recent cold front. The shallow bite on the lower end has suffered some but the deep bite has remained consistent. Most Branson fishing guides have been doing very well using Chompers, Tightlines and ROBO finesse worms on a drop shot rig for suspended spotted bass. The majority of fish are holding close to something; tree tops, large docks or dock cables. Look for fish to be around 25′ – 35′ deep suspended over as much as 100′.

Kimberling City:

The Kimberling City area has some great fishing right now. The fish are a lot shallower in the mid lake than in Branson. Fishing guide trips have been very productive using Jewel football and spider jigs on gravel and mixed gravel points and flats. Look for fish to be around 12′ – 20′ deep holding tight to sharp drops and rock piles. There has been an inconsistent topwater bite in the morning, you need to have a topwater handy when the fish surface and make casts in front of the fish. Unfortunately, the bite has been too spotty to rely on.

James River:

Dirty water and high skies has been a good combo over the past week. The stained water of the mid and upper James River has produced better quality than the mid lake or Branson. Fishing guides have been catching some solid fish shallow throughout the day. Early in the day a buzz bait is hard to beat, look for shallow wood cover to be holding most of the fish, make multiple casts from different angles to each piece of wood to draw strikes. As the day wears on move out to around 10 ‘ -15′ deep and throw Jewel football and spider jigs on mixed gravel and rock banks and points. Most of the fish will be holding tight to wood or rock cover so be sure work every piece of cover thoroughly before moving on.

White River:

The White River has lived up to its reputation of being a diverse fishery over the past week. Unlike in Branson fishing guides have been able to catch fish with a wide array of baits and presentations on the White River. Early in the day the topwater bite has been great, spooks, Sammies and pop-r’s have all been productive, look for surfacing fish on gravel flats and points and cast in front of them to draw strikes. Once the sun comes up Jewel spider jigs and Carolina rigged creatures are producing on the same points 12′ – 20′ deep. The Kings River has some great shallow water action; shallow crankbaits and buzzbaits around wood cover has been working early, switch to an Eakins jig and craw combo once the sun comes up.

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MISSOURI: Black Bass – Good on Jigs, 10′ Plastic Worms & Shallow Crank Baits

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

The dog days of summer hit us early this year! One of the hottest and driest July’s we can remember. The water temp has shot up to 90 degrees in some spots! Not much water being generated in or out right now. Bull Shoals is now 3 ft below power pool and is expected to continue dropping about an inch a day. Watch for sand bars and submerged logs if you are planning on traveling up the lake toward powersite dam! We had 6 broken props brought in last week!

Water Temp 87 to 90 degrees

Water Level 650.9

Water is Clear to Stained

Black Bass – Good on Jigs, 10′ Plastic Worms and Shallow Crank Baits. Look for Bass in deeper water around 20 to 30 ft range. Early morning and after sundown has been the best. Throw a dark jig or shaky head into steep rock bluffs and points after dark. Also drag a Carolina Rig over the drops in the sand flats. Worm Color – Plum and Blue Fleck.

Walleye – Fair to Good on Live Minnows, silver spoons and night crawlers. The best reports have been up the lake around the Barker’s Hole area. Much cooler water.

Crappie – Good to Fair on live minn

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MISSOURI: Table Rock Lake – Drop Shot Rigged Chompers and Tightlines Worms Effective

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Branson Area: Fishing guide trips have remained good. The majority of fish are still coming out of deep water; drop shot rigged Chompers, ROBO and Tightlines worms have all been effective on deep gravel points and flats throughout the lower end. Look for points that have deep water close by to out produce others. Larger fish have begun to suspend over deeper water in the Branson end of Table Rock Lake as well, look for quality fish to be holding around 30′ deep in tree tops and around large docks over 60′ of water or more.

Kimberling City: Much like Branson fishing guide trips the Kimberling City area has been dominated by the deep bite. Most of the fish are being caught on drop shot rigs or Webb Tail Spoons on gravel points and flats close to deep water. There is a decent bite on Jewel football jigs or Carolina rigged Tightlines and Chompers creatures or lizards. Look for deeper brush and rock piles to be holding most of the fish in 20′ – 30′, the fish will be roaming early and late in the day and holding tight to cover during the heat of the day.

James River: Slow and steady are the watch words on the James River right now. Most of the fish are coming by working a variety of baits slowly along the bottom drawing strikes from fish holding in and around brush and other cover. Jewel football jigs, Texas rigged big worms and Carolina rigged lizards and creatures have all been producing in and around brush, rocks and laydowns from 12′ – 25′ deep. Working the bait slowly through the cover is critical to draw strikes. Unless the Corps starts generating current or we have some rain fall the deep crankbait bite will remain hit and miss at best.

White River: The White River has been the best end of the lake in the past week. The topwater bite has been stronger in the Shell Knob area than any other portion of the lake. Spooks, Sammies and Pop-R’s have all been effective early and late with large schools of spotted and largemouth bass chasing shad on large gravel flats and points. Once the sun comes up the deep bite rules, drop shot rigged Chompers, ROBO or Tightlines worms in and around brush or rock piles 25′ – 35′ deep will out produce any other pattern.

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MISSOURI: James River – Umbrella Rigs Continue to Produce on Windy Days

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Kimberling City Area:
The 3″ – 8″ of rain this past week have raised lake levels and lowered water temperatures throughout the lake. The Corps of Engineers have been running four generators since the weekend, pulling water and in turn fish out of flooded brush inundated by flood waters. The best bite has been on main lake and secondary points with Jewel football or spider jigs, split shot rigs and Jewel Squirrel heads. Most of the fish have been from the old bank line out to 20′ deep, work all of the baits slowly along the bottom to draw strikes.

James River:
Umbrella rigs continue to produce on windy days, look for fish to be suspended around standing timber 5′ – 15′ deep over as much as 30′ feet of water. Most anglers are having success with Zoom swimming flukes or Tightlines UV shad baits in natural colors. Jewel football jigs and Chompers Tubes are producing on main lake and secondary points as well, fish are being caught 10′ – 15′ deep, any shallower and moss becomes an issue.

White River:
Much like the James fish continue to be caught on umbrella rigs when the wind is blowing, points with isolated wood cover have been the best locations. In the very back of larger creek arms and up the Kings River Chompers McCutchen spinnerbaits have been very effective around laydowns and other cover. The beds that showed up last week in the Kings River have been vacant all week; cooler, dirtier water has moved fish off for a few days but they should be back by the end of the week.

Dam Area:
The deep bite is still hanging on but has waned over the past week with stained water and fish moving closer to the spawn. The best bite has been on gravel and mixed gravel and rock points near spawning locations. Jewel spider jigs and Squirrel heads, Tightlines UV beavers and finesse worms on split shot rigs and UV or Chompers tubes have all been very effective baits. Work the baits slowly along the bottom to draw strikes. Further upstream in Long Creek fish are beginning to move closer to the spawn, most of the beds seen by anglers before last week’s rain are vacant but fish are cruising the shallows looking for spots to make new beds.

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MISSOURI: Success with Umbrella Rigs Continues

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Kimberling City Area: Success with umbrella rigs continues throughout the lake. Hard to believe the number of fish and the quality that is being caught right now, several five pound plus fish are being caught on a daily basis and 20 – 30 fish in a six hour day has become common. Most anglers are throwing the rigs with either swimbaits or single tailed grubs, white or milky salt and pepper has been the best color on cloudy days while smoke or watermelon have been better when the sun shines. Steep 45 degree chunk rock points close to deep water have been the best locations.

James River: The James River has been the epicenter for big fish on an umbrella rig, from point 12 to Cape Fair it seems every point has a boat on it casting a rig. Look for shad close by to increase your success rate. Windy days have been much better than calm ones as the fish will move shallower and feed more aggressively din the wind. On calm days a Jewel ½ oz. football jig has been very effective, match the jig with a J-Tail trailer and work rocky points from 15′ – 25′ deep paying close attention to any ledges or drops the bait comes across.

White River: The White River has been almost as good as the James for big fish, the same chunk rock point pattern has been producing from Baxter to Big M. There has been a resurgence of jerkbait fishing in the upper White and Kings Rivers; SPRO McSticks and Mega Bass 110’s have been the best producers around standing timber on bluff ends and the mouths of bluff pockets. Allow the bait to pause for around five seconds to draw strikes and pay close attention to your line as allot of the bites have been the fish moving sideways with the bait even knocking slack in the line.

Dam Area: The lower end is still dominated by the deep bite; Chompers’ Webb Tail Spoons and Drop shot worms have been the best baits worked around deep tree tops from 35′ – 55′ deep. Most of the fish are suspended in and around the trees over as much as 100′ of water. An Umbrella rig will catch fish on the lower end but is not nearly as effective as in the rivers. Look to the Long Creek area to find success and duplicate the pattern in the White and James Rivers. Still several quality fish coming on a Jewel Eakins’ Jig and Craw combo around large community docks, make pitches to the center walkway from 10 – 40′ deep. Most of the bites will come on the fall so pay close attention to your line as it falls.

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MISSOURI: Catching on Wiggle Warts and Bandit 300 Crankbaits

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Kimberling City Area:
Water temperatures remain in the lower 50’s through out the mid-lake keeping largemouth and smallmouth fairly shallow. Both can be caught on wiggle warts and bandit 300 crankbaits or Jewel spider and Eakins jigs. Look for rocky and mixed rock and gravel banks to be the best areas, wind is a plus for throwing a crankbait, key in on 5′ – 10′ depths. The deep bite is still there, windy days has made it tougher to stay on the fish and constant generation has stretched schools of shad making it harder to find concentrations of bait and fish.

James River:
The warmer weather last week helped the James River. Water temperatures actually rose a little and sunny afternoons saw temps in the low to mid 50’s on wind blown sunny banks. Wiggle warts and Bandit 300’s continue to produce on rocky banks, Jewel Eakins and Finesse Flippin’ jigs with craw or Paca Chunk trailers have been top choices. The mid to lower James has seen some winter white bass activity deep on ½ oz. Chompers Webb Tail spoons. Most of the whites have been 30′ – 45′ deep on main lake gravel points and island points holding tight to the bottom until shad come through.

White River:
Deep and shallow bites are both working in the White River. The deep bite has been in the Baxter to Shell Knob area in the larger creek arms. Look for shad holding 35′ – 45′ deep over deeper water and the fish will not be far away. Webb Tail spoons, ice jigs and drop shot worms have all been solid patterns once fish are located. The shallow bite has primarily been on a wiggle wart or bandit 300 but a few larger fish have been caught on McSticks or other crankbaits on secondary points.

Dam Area:
The lower end has the most consistent deep bite. Shad are suspended in the creek arms 35′ – 55′ deep in the center of most of the larger creeks. Look for areas with trees that top out around 35′ deep to be the most productive and fish the tree tops with Webb Tail spoons, Chompers drop shot worms and ice jigs on top or in the upper third of the tree. There is a shallow smallmouth bite on the lower end as well, wind blown rocky points will produce on a wiggle wart or bandit 300.

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MONTANA: Good Bets are the Gallatin, Lower Madison, Livingston Spring Creeks & Missouri

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Dig-In-Anchors.comAs we move into winter most of the lake run fishing and late fall hatches have run their course.

There are still a few fish moving out of the lakes that are worth targetting. Most of the browns are done spawning. Smaller streams will be closed for the winter months but many of the larger rivers and spring creeks are open all winter.

For the colder months it is important to find fisheries that either have spring fed influences or bottom release water from dams. Luckily many such fisheries can be found around Montana.

Fishing can actually be very good in the winter months.

The trout move into slower and deeper runs where they can be found in great concentrations. The most productive fishing is definitely nymph fishing. It is important to get the flies right on the bottom so adjust weights carefully. Yarn indicators also help detect the very subtle strikes that occur in the colder months.  Trout are in slow moving water and do not move fast to take flies so the strikes show up as a delicate flutter on a yarn indicator. It is good to have an itchy trigger finger when winter nymph fishing: set first and ask questions later.

Some good bets for the winter are the Gallatin, Lower Madison, Livingston Spring Creeks, Missouri and the Ruby.

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MISSOURI: Chompers Webb Tail Spoons & Drop Shot Rigs have been Catching Fish

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Kimberling City Area:
Colder air temperatures are finally dropping the surface temperature, mid lake morning temps are in the lower 50’s reaching mid 50’s in the late afternoon. The deep bite has really started to shine; Chompers Webb Tail spoons and Drop Shot rigs have been catching fish in the bigger creek arms around 50′ deep over as much as 100′. Look for schools of bait to help locate the fish. Still a good wiggle wart bite on secondary points through out the mid lake.

James River:
The James continues to have the coldest water on the lake; temps in the upper 40’s are common and mid 40’s can be found toward the back of creeks and in shady pockets. The strongest bite in the James remains on a crankbait; wiggle warts and bandit 300 series baits are taking fish on ledge rock secondary points. Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos have been working around larger boat docks especially on sunny days, key on shady areas close to the center walk way of the dock 8′ – 15′ deep.

White River:
Between a good crankbait bite, a strong deep bite and an emerging jig bite there are a lot of ways to catch fish in the White River. Much like the Kimberling City area look for shad in the larger creek arms and work Webb Tail spoons and drop shot rigs to catch the fish holding close by. Secondary ledge rock points will produce with a wiggle wart or bandit 300. Pitch Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos to bigger docks throughout the mid White River for a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth.

Dam Area:
The lower end as the strongest deep bite on the lake. Look for shad suspended in and around tree tops in the middle of larger creeks and you will find fish. Webb tail spoons, Chompers drop shot worms and single tail grubs will all produce fish in these spots. Rotate the three presentations as fish turn on and off of them and you will increase the number of fish caught.

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MISSOURI: Largemouth Holding on Points Near Wood Cover in Larger Creeks

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Kimberling City Area:
Another week another cold front. Seems like a front passes through about every five days right now and while it has lowered the water temperatures the lake is still hovering in the upper 50’s. Shad are still moving into the creek arms with schools of fish following, look for largemouth to be holding on secondary points near wood cover in the larger creeks. Jewel football jigs and Squirrel heads have been the most effective presentations on calm days and Wiggle Warts on windy ones.

James River:
The water temperatures in the James are the lowest on the lake right now, early in the day you will find lower to mid 50’s that will warm to the upper 50’s as the sun warms the lake. Larger creek arms are holding shad and in turn fish that can be caught on Wiggle Warts and McCutchen spinnerbaits when the wind is blowing. Key on wood cover on or close to secondary points to be successful. ON calm days a Texas rigged Chompers Ultra tube pitched to the wood cover is one of the best options.

White River:
A variety of presentations continue to work in the White River. Schools of spots can be found holding in the deeper trees in the “guts” of larger creeks waiting for schools of shad to come through. Chompers Webb Tail spoons or Drop Shot worms have been very effective at pulling these fish out of tree tops 30′ – 40′ deep. Smallmouth have begun to show up on gravel points on both the main lake and in the creek arms, Chompers tubes and Jewel Spider jigs have been putting these fish in the boat. Wood cover on secondary points in the larger creek arms is producing largemouth on Wiggle Warts and McCutchen spinnerbaits.

Dam Area:
The Lower end improves every week; cooler water temps and the shad migration have moved fish out of deeper water and into the shallows. Smallmouth are moving up on gravel points and flats and can be caught on Jewel Spider jigs and Chompers Tubes, look for fish to be fairly shallow early and moving out deeper as the sun rises. The deep bite for spots has improved with increased shad activity in the creeks, 30′ ‘- 40′ deep tree tops in the middle of large creeks are holding schools of spotted bass. On windy days a few fish have been caught on wiggle warts and Bandits but it has been inconsistent on the lower end.

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MISSOURI: Table Rock Lake – Wiggle Wart Bite Strong on Rocky Points

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Kimberling City Area:
Shad continue a slow migration to the back of larger creeks in the mid lake area, target secondary points with a wiggle wart or McCutchen spinner bait on windy days and a Jewel football jig or squirrel head jig on calm days. Smallmouth have moved up on gravel points on the main lake early and late, Chompers tubes and Jewel squirrel heads have been producing from 10′ – 15′ deep.

James River:
The shad migration is much further along in the James with large schools of shad in the back of most major creeks. RC and other shallow crankbaits worked around wood cover in the schools of shad will produce number and quality on windy days. Jewel jigs have been very effective on the shallow end of docks in the James as well, make multiple pitches to shady areas around walkways.

White River:
The past week has seen the White River really turn on; the wiggle wart bite has gotten very strong on rocky secondary points in the larger creek arms, Chompers spinnerbaits have been working around isolated cedar trees and Jewel football jigs are catching smallmouth on main lake gravel points. On calm days Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos have been very good in and around the shady areas of docks as well.

Dam Area:
Still the toughest area of the lake, the dam area has gotten better with the cooler water temperature. Smallmouth have begun to move shallow on gravel points early and late and can be caught on Chompers tubes and Jewel spider jigs. Wiggle warts are staring to produce on windy rocky points in the larger creek arms and Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos have been effective in the shady areas around docks.

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