May 12, 2005
Water Temp 68
The Bluegills are on the beds! I’m catching BIG numbers of hand-sized Bluegill along with 8 to 10 large Redears (1Lb to 1.5 Lb) on shallow spawning areas. Earth worms, crickets, wax worms, and small jigs all work. If fast action and good eating fish interest you, then come on down!
Bass can be caught from 1’ to 20’ of water. Some are post spawn and some are still spawning. Soft plastics are what I’m using, although cranks and spinner baits will also catch fish. The largest fish I’ve caught this past week were about 8’ deep. I’m starting to catch more fish on ledges. Main lake points will give you good action.
I caught some nice sized Crappie as shallow as 3’ and as deep as 12’ this past week. The fish seem to be scattered. I just saw an impressive cooler full of Crappie come to the cleaning station. The man said he caught them deep on minnows. With the rising water temps, the Crappie are probably regrouping and heading back towards the main lake.
The channel cats are spawning shallow. I’ve caught as many as 8 one day while fishing for Bluegill. Rocky main lake points would probably produce more consistently. Fish worms or leeches under a bobber set 4’ to 8’ deep.
Captain Kirk, out!