Caught on the spoon.
The lake level is 560.28 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with alternating one and both generators. The White River at Newport is 12.87 feet and heading back to 12. The surface water temperature is 85 degrees and the lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The water is pretty clear down to about 20-feet and starts getting cool at 23-feet and is cold at 27-feet. The visibility is not good in the 20-27 ft. range but not terrible. Several fish are from 27-35 feet with quite a few Kentucky Bass in 25-ft. Spoon main lake points from 27-35 feet and touch bottom, snap your lure up 5-7 feet and let it fall on slack line. White Bass are schooled and are in the 25-ft. range suspended. Walleye and smaller stripers are together and are at 35-ft. near the bottom. Catfishing is fair on live bluegill on trot lines in main lake cuts or along creek banks on jugs in 20ft. of water drop-shotted. Bait up just before dark. A few crappie are moving into brush piles on the main lake but not very many yet. It will not be long. Bluegill fishing is good back in the main lake cuts and that is why the catfish are there. Kentucky Bass are on crawdads near the bank in the evening. Early morning bite and after dark for bass with a black light are the best. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a cabin and boat rental. Blackburns has the best prices in the Oaraks and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. Tune in to KTLO 97.9 FM at 8:45 AM tomorrow and every Thursday for "Live in the Boat" with Darrel from Bink's Guide Service and find out what is happening on the lake in real time.