The lake is fishing well,
typical summer patterns for
the Stripers and Bass, with
Bass fishing seemingly
benefiting from the below
average surface temps. We
have a full moon coming up
on the 23rd, so perhaps
that will add a little energy
to the bite.
forecast looks pretty good
for fishing next week, with
cooler temps and an
elevated rain chance
Sunday thru Monday, then
a return to seasonal temps
through the end of the
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for the event. More on that to follow.
The lake level as of Friday am was 1070.13, up .23 feet
from last week, .87 feet below full pool. The surface temps was 83 degrees.
Striper fishing has been good, and the patterns seem to be transitioning to what would be more
typical relative to the calendar. While there are still fish in the pockets and drains as shallow as
35 feet, more and more fish are showing up over open water areas over the creek and river
channels. Focusing on the fish in the pockets early, then moving out onto the channels later in
the day has been a solid strategy.
The water releases at the dam seem to have had a big
influence on the fish many days, so plan that into your game plan as well. The fish in the
pockets will respond to Herring on the down line, and to some extent power reeling. Typically, I
think power reeling works best when you can drop a bait below the fish, and then reel it past
them, and that’s hard to accomplish in 40 feet or if the fish are glued to the bottom. Jigging a
Flex-it or Super spoon may be more effective in this situation. Keep the pitch baits in the spread,
they are still producing well.
Once you move out to the channels, the techniques are no surprise. Down lines and Power
Reeling are both very effective. Chipmunk Jigs, Spoons, or a Herring on the drop shot are all
effective power reeling baits. Use the down lines in combination with the power reeling, the two
will often compliment one another.
Trolling is effective, with a couple of patterns that will produce. The umbrellas over the humps
are still producing well, but this pattern is changing with the warming water. The fish are a little
deeper, and will often be around the periphery of the high spot. Fish the rigs a little further
behind the bait, 110 to 140, and target humps that top out 30 to 40. This pattern is still best in
the afternoons and evenings, or when the Corp is releasing water. The open water lead core
trolling is getting stronger, and is a very good way to locate the fish over the channels.
Chipmunk Jigs, Fat and Jr Spoons, Mini Mack’s and Capt Mack’s Underspin Jigs are all
effective for the lead core trolling.
Bass fishing has been good, and the patterns really did not seem to change much over the last
few days. Fishing plastics on lead heads, drop shots has been very good. Targeting brush 20 to
30 feet is probably the number one pattern, but many of the fish will be on clean bottom on the
humps and points. This is especially the case when the dam is releasing water, or after dark.
FYI, the afternoon bite is very good, and night fishing is also producing some fish.
colors in the Roboworms are the Chartreuse Magic, Morning Dawn (and any of the Morning
Dawn variations) Prizm Kraw, and Bold Bluegill. In bright light, the Sxe Shad and Baby Bluegill
have been good producers. After sundown switch to the darker patterns, and the larger profile
Roboworm Fat worms may get a few extra bites. Flukes over the brush continue to produce
very well, and may be the best overall technique. I would certainly start out casting the fluke our
a topwater over the brush, then cast worms to the brush to maximize the bite.
The topwater bite is still on, with good activity in the early am, and another spike in the
afternoons and evening. This is really two patterns, either casting to schooling fish, or pulling a
fish off of brush up to the bait. There are many baits that are effective, so go with your
confidence bait. Smaller baits if there is light or no wind, bugger nosier baits in the breeze.
There are also plenty of fish hanging around the marina seawalls, often scholling in the am
hours. Topwaters, swim baits on a lead head, Steelshads and again the Fluke, all all good
choices for the schoolers. They are up and down quickly, so a good cast is important.
The Spot Tail Minnow bite is very good, so if you have a youngster you want to get on some
fish, this is a really good way to make that happen. The Spot tails are easy to catch right now on
beaches and boat ramps, just something to chum them up and 3/16” cast net and bait catching
should be over in a short time. What kind of chum? Thats a great question and a good way to
spark a great debate. My favorite, Fig Newtons, but they are not picky