Mike with his first flathead Scuba Diving and it was a good one.
The lake level is 554.10 and has dropped a little less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator runing for 12-hours starting at noon. The White River at Newport is 4.08 feet and very low. They are not letting out much water anywhere and are holding the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can hoping for a big rain so they can flood us out again. We should be at about 550 this time of year and then try as best they can to hold it through the spring and not shutting down generation everytime it rains. Not much chance of that. The surface water temperature was just over 79 degrees this morning and the visibility is good on the main lake and clearing a bit in the creeks. We have a couple of trollers in this week and they reported catching more fish today than in the previous days including a few small stripers and white bass. I am finding walleye, crappie and Kentucky Bass all on the same brush piles at depths ranging from 15-30 feet. The fish that were on top of the brush are now right in it. Most of the Black Bass are in open water on shad and you will see some of them come in caught by people trolling through the shad. Some are also catching crappie on slip floats and live minnows right on top of the brush. Adjust your slip float about 5-6 feet further down than you can see your minnow otherwise use the 3/8th ounce spoon and drop it right in and just around the brush letting it touch bottom and snapping it up about 5-6 feet and then have it fall on slack line. Kentucky Bass, Walleye and Crappie will also hit it and some larger bluegill. The weather is perfect and the lake is in excellent condition. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day cabin for two people and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to make your reservation. We will not charge you too much. We offer peace and quiet and no drama. The fall foliage does not seem to changing any color except brown and several leaves are blowing off in the wind. It is too early to make a prediction but a rain would not hurt anything. I will keep you posted.