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Mike Eakle Caught Some Good Ones this Morning. All fish were released.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 552.53 and has been very stable with just a little generation to equal the river inflow. The main lake visibility is also the same and you can see your lure down about 6-7 feet. The creeks change from clear to stained very often, almost daily. The surface temperature has also been at from 57-58 degrees for some period. Nothing is changing much except the cold fronts are coming through every week shutting the bite down for a day or two. Last evening the bite was tough and this morning it was good again. Bass are both on the bank and on brush and crappie are both on brush and in open water on shad. White Bass, Hybrids and some smaller Stripers are at the mouths of creeks in the river channel and are on shad. Drop the spoon in the shad or cast a top-water lure at them when they are pushed to the surface. I get no royalties from lure companies but the Bink's spoon works the best for me. He also uses the Mann's stingray green grub a lot but I do not. I like the 2-1/2 inch Bobby Garland twister tail grub with a 1/16th ounce white lead head with a red eye. I also like the #4 lazer red hooks best for crappie and bluegill. They are like the old true turn hooks and catch a lot of them in the roof of the mouth.  Grubs longer than 2-1/2 inches do not work for me and neither do Road Runners. Road Runners and Rooster Tails work for White Bass but not much else except for small bass. The white bass will hit anything with a spinner on it if you can get it down to them. They are the easiest fish in the lake to catch. This is white bass season so start looking for them at the mouths of creeks or just outside brush piles if you are so inclined. Several crappie and bass were caught this morning along with white bass and a few hybrids. The weather looks to be very good for the holiday with another cold front just after. Several customers are leaving to get home before the Holiday so come on down. We will not charge you too much and are open all year.