Water Elevation: 357
Water Temperature: 85
I confess! The way I’ve been finding these awesome big schools of fish is by tailing some of the best ”Fishermen” on this lake. These ”Fishermen” are the best because for them, catching fish is a daily ”Catch Fish or Starve” situation. These best ”Fishermen” I’ve been tailing are Sea Gulls! Sea Gulls have the uncanny ability to be where the fish are when they are biting.
I hit the lake in the morning with one rod rigged with a ½ oz Rooster Tail and another rigged with a ½ oz spoon. These two baits work best on the White Bass but will also catch Large and Smallmouth Bass, Drum, Sauger, Catfish, and whatever else is eating Shad. I usually just head up or down the main lake keeping my eyes peeled for flying white birds or a cluster of white birds sitting on the water. When I spot a good size group (20 or more) I head straight for them. If the birds are flying and diving in the water, I slow to an idle and get as close as possible. Usually you will see fish busting on Shad. I drop my trolling motor and sneak within casting range. Just cast that Rooster Tail into the busting fish, reel fast, and be prepared for a jolting strike. If the birds are just sitting on the water, approach them slowly and drop a marker buoy where they were. If the birds seem reluctant to move, feel confident there is a good school of fish nearby. Fan cast the area with the spoon and Rooster Tail making long casts and ever wider circles around your marker buoy until you connect with the fish. If the birds fly and leave the area completely, so would I.
This past week I’ve noticed the pattern has been well up on the big flats (4’ to 12’) on the west side of the river channel. This may change day to day or by the hour. Watch the birds and move with them.
A typical day this past week fishing ”with the birds” has been 50 to 90 White Bass, 6 to 8 good size cats, 6 to 8 good size Largemouth, an occasional Smallmouth, a few Sauger, some big Drum, and who knows what else. A person could catch more bass or Catfish on these same locations with some different baits.
Thank you Sea Gulls for showing me "where the action is"!
The best action is shallow. Shallow (3 ft to 8 ft) bars at the mouths of bays and shallow river ridges have good numbers of bass on them. Top water baits, spinner baits, jig & pig, crank baits, soft plastic worms (rigged Texas or Carolina) and flukes are all productive.
Fair fishing can be found fishing gravel bars 3 ft to 8 ft deep with a small jig (1/32 oz.) and wax worm. Bridge pillars and grass beds in bays are also productive.
I’ve seen a few good catches on minnows fished 12 ft to 18 ft deep at the mouths of bays and on main lake ledges.
Fishing has been excellent!
I’ve caught more and bigger Sauger this summer than usual. Minnows fished 20 ft to 30 ft deep on the river channel edge seems to be best. I’ve caught many on Spoons, Tail Spinners, and Texas Rigged Sinkos.
Catching some good size cats on shallow flats mixed in with the White Bass.
To view some recent catches, check out the Pictures section of my website. To book a trip, call 270-354-6017 or e-mail me.
See ya on the water.
Captain Kirk, out!