Dan is here from Munster, Indiana with his brothers and brother-in-law and catching some nice fish. Good to see them again. Always welcome. Nice fellows.
The lake level has just past 572 and is 572.01 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with about one generator running 10-hours. As predicted, they have shut Table Rock way down and Bull Shoals is rising much slower now. They shut off the spilway gates finally and are running just a couple of generators. Table Rock is 4-feet above power pool, Bull Shoals is 25-feet above and Norfork is 15-1/2 ft. above. Sounds fair to me. The 4-lake system is now 63% full according to the government. The White River at Newport is 19.45 and fairly stable. It was very cloudy all day yesterday and we received a brief shower in the afternoon but not much. It stayed very cool with highs near 60 and the lake surface water is now in the low 70's and the main lake is very clear. Catfishing is as good as I have seen it in years with channels and blues picking up nicely and flatheads holding in there. The top-water bite for black bass and temperate bass is still happening everyday with largemouth and white bass being the best. Black bass are also near the old shoreline and hitting big floating plastic worms. They can come up anytime on cloudy days. Crappie fishermen are catching several but not a lot. Some stripers are in deeper water now and that trend will continue as the water heats up and they will go deeper and deeper looking for oxygen. There is good oxygen everywhere now as is cover and there is not much reason for fish to be anywhere particular except for thermocline, cover and food. Crawdads, fry and creek minnows are everywhere as are shad so not much is going hungry. The fish that I am catching are all very healthy. Walleye are on and just around main lake points in front of brush at 18-ft. near the bottom. It is to be very nice, sunny and warm for the holiday weekend and I expect the lake to be very crowded by my standards but not Lake of the Ozarks Standards. They love big boats that make big wakes there and I encourage people with them to go there. No matter where you go it will not be a good time for small flat bottom boats until monday evening.