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TEXAS: Ray Roberts – Black Bass Good on Zell Pops & Spooks Early

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

ATHENS:
Water clear, 86-90 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, jigs and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

BOB SANDLIN:
Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees.5.21’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and football jigs off brush piles. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters, Rat-L-Traps and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap.

BRIDGEPORT:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 6.89’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged LFT Hyper Worms along main lake points and deeper docks. Also medium running crankbaits in shad patterns are producing in the same areas. Weightless LFT Hyper Sticks around vegetation in the river is productive. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on cut and prepared bait.

CADDO:
Water murky; 87-90 degrees; 0.55 low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and topwaters early, later switching to shallow crankbaits in baitfish patterns around isolated cover. White bass are fair on Road Runners and minnows. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK:
Water lightly stained; 84-90 degrees; 3.94′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, shakyheads and shallow square bill crankbaits around docks – best action is in early morning. White bass are good throughout day on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows with shallow bite improving. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.

COOPER:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 6.52’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, topwaters early and Texas rigs throughout the day. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.

FAIRFIELD:
Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD is currently stocking the lake. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK:
Water fairly clear; 86-91 degrees; 4.34′ low. Black bass are good on 3/4oz. football head jigs with LFT Hyper Freak trailers and watermelon/green pumpkin 1/2oz. flipping jigs 12-15 feet along creek channels – football jigs and Carolina rigs are also producing in deeper water along main lake humps, drops and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE:
Water lightly stained; 84-89 degrees; 0.45′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, finesse jigs and medium crankbaits along main lake points – docks are starting to produce as well. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

JOE POOL:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.95′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, topwaters early and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared baits.

LAKE O’ THE PINES:
Water lightly stained; 84-89 degrees; 0.90′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, topwaters early and jigs later in the day off brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

LAVON:
Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 4.08’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, topwaters and medium crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridge columns. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

LEWISVILLE:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.17′ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits, shakyheads and Texas rigged plastics – target main lake points in 10-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MONTICELLO:
Water fairly clear; 85-89 degrees; 0.30′ high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, hollow belly swimbaits and Texas rigged worms. No reports on crappie. No reports on catfish

PALESTINE:
Water lightly stained; 85-90 degrees; 3.15′ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, Texas rigged blue fleck LFT Worms and black/blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs, Sassy Shad and live shad. White bass are fair to good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD:
Water fairly clear; 86-91 degrees; 1.94′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and hollow belly swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and Road Runners. White bass are excellent on humps in 17-23 feet with hybrids mixed in. Catfish are good on prepared baits.

RAY ROBERTS:
Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 1.79′ low. Black bass are good on Zell Pops and Spooks early, later switching to Carolina or Texas rigged Gene Larew El Salto Grande Worms in Montezuma’s Revenge and 10″ Blue Fleck Power worms dragged around deep rocks and pond dams in 12-32 feet. Crappie are very good on Slab Slayer jigs and minnows in brush in 20-25 feet. White bass are excellent and schooling early on most main lake points and flats – fish with slabs in 30-35 feet. Catfish are good on punch bait over baited holes.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS:
Water lightly stained; 86-91 degrees; 3.77’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged 7″ worms, crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI:
Water fairly clear; 85-90 degrees; 3.44′ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to black/blue jigs, soft plastics and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on 1/16oz. curltail grubs and small minnows around docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are excellent on chartreuse and white SSS Slabs and tail spins – schooling on points early and late. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good in shallow water early, then suspending deep during the day – 4” to 6″ Sassy Shad in white or shad patterns are producing and drifting live bait. Catfish are excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad.

TEXOMA:
Water lightly stained; 85-90 degrees; 2.82′ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits in shad patterns, Texas rigged finesse worms and topwaters – shakyheads around main lake points mid day are also effective. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on live shad and slabs. Catfish are good on cut and live shad.

WEATHERFORD:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 5.52’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.

WRIGHT PATMAN:
Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 6.44′ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, medium crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait.

Texas
Parks & Wildlife Dept

 


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S CAROLINA: Lake Jocassee – At Dusk Good Bite on Spooks & Jitterburgs

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Black Bass – Good

Captain Pat Bennett reports that daytime fishing can be slow in the heat, and many fish are offshore in a traditional summer pattern of following roaming schools of baitfish. However, early and late some fish move shallower. First thing and at dusk there has been a good bite on topwater lures such as Spooks and Jitterburgs worked around points that extend out a good ways. In the afternoon start on the shady side of the lake. In the morning and evening some fish will also relate to shoreline cover proximate to deep water, where they can be caught on shakey head worms and spinnerbaits. When the sun is overhead move offshore and fish Caroline rigs or shakey head worms deep.

Trout – Fair

Captain Steve Pietrykowski advises that the fishing has slowed. Bites are spread out and you have to work to catch fish. Trolling in the 60-70 foot range has been most productive and live shiners are outfishing spoons right now. A few fish are still being caught on hardware. The best action is in the main lake and fishing at the intakes has been hit or miss. Night fishing has only been fair, but suspending nightcrawlers and shiners 25 to 40 feet down near the intakes should catch some fish.

South Carolina
Dept of Natural Resources


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GEORGIA: Good Striper Fishing

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Striper fishing on Lanier is good right now.

Fish can be caught along mid-lake and north-end points. The Flat line bite is still the best bet early in the morning, when the sun gets over head switch to down lines. We are still seeing Stripers hit red fins here and there but it seems like the top-water bite is slowing down.

With the coming weeks look for the fishing to really heat up as the fish move off the points and start to school up in large groups over main creek and river channels.

Spotted bass fishing has been good on spooks, flukes, and other reaction baits.

Capt. Scott Collins
Gettin Lucky Fishing
P: 678-634-3408

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ARKANSAS: Table Rock Lake in Branson

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Kimberling City Area:

It appears the last wave of spawning fish have moved up to shallow pockets over the past week, while there are still a few pre spawn females holding out in deeper water the majority of fish have completed the spawn and fry are beginning to show up around standing timber and dock corners. Most productive patterns to target post spawn fish have been a topwater early and late and a single tail grub, fluke or Jewel Football jig throughout the day. Main lake and secondary points near spawning coves and pockets have been the most productive areas, spooks and red fins are producing vicious strikes during low late, fish can be as shallow as a foot deep to suspending over a hundred feet, watch for surfacing fish. As the sun comes up swim a Chompers four inch single tail grub from the bank to twenty feet deep adjusting the depth of the lure by counting down to different depths until fish are located.

James River:

The top water bite is very good in the James River; spooks, Red Fins and Sammys are all producing quantity and quality early and late and all day on cloudy days. Look for main lake and secondary points near spawning areas to be the most productive. Standing timber on these points makes them even more productive. As the day wears on a Jewel half ounce football jig or Carolina rigged lizard or baby brush hog will produce twelve to twenty feet deep. Above Flat Creek there is a spinnerbait bite developing, look for laydowns and stumps on shallow flats to be holding better quality fish that will strike a spinnerbait worked close to cover.

White River:

The White River continues to produce quality and quantity from the confluence with the James to above Eagle Rock. While some fish are still working their ways to spawning beds the majority has spawned and are suspending and are holding on points and in standing timber near spawning pockets. Spooks, Sammys and Red Fins have been the best choices early and late, watch for surfacing fish to key you into locations. Once the sun comes up single tail four inch Chompers grubs fished in these same locations will produce numbers and the occasional big fish. Fish will still be suspended so you will need to count the grub down before beginning a retrieve, a quarter ounce head with a four inch grubs fall approximately two feet per second, start with a five count and adjust until you start catching fish. Jewel half ounce football jigs and Carolina rigged french fries have been equally as effective on these points when fished outside of the moss line from fifteen to twenty-five feet deep.

Dam Area:

The lower end of the lake can be summed up in four baits; a topwater, a four inch Chompers grub, a fluke and a Jewel Spider jig. During low light conditions a Spook, Red Fin or Sammy will produce strikes from suspended fish around spawning areas, watch for surfacing fish to clue you into fish locations. Once the sun comes up switch to a single tail four inch Chompers grub in salt and pepper or smoke and key on these same locations, work a variety of depths until you start catching fish. There are still several fish in the shallows, look for flat points and pockets and throw a weightless fluke toward the bank, making short jerks or twitches as you work the bait back to the boat. Outside of the moss line a Jewel five – sixteenth spider jig in PB&J or green pumpkin / green flash will be very effective on gravel and mixed gravel / rock banks and points.

Capt. Eric Prey
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P: 417-860-4743


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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier Striper Fishing

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Fishing on Lanier has been great this week and last week.

Stripers can be found dwelling around points, creek channels, and brush piles. The Top-water bite every morning has been on fire , spooks, red fins, jerk baits, and paddle tails reeled fast on the surface are working well. All these baits will put a mixed bag of Stripers and Spotted Bass in the boat. Mid-Lake to the Northern end is where we are spending most of our time.

With the fish just now starting to school up, keep moving to find active fish. Anyone can enjoy this good fishing.

See you on the water.

Capt. Scott Collins
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