Hey, Iâ€™m not telling you anything you donâ€™t know, but itâ€™s been a brutal summer this season with temperatures hovering around the century mark almost every day. The heat index has been running as high as 120 degrees and thatâ€™s in the shade. The high temperatures not only negatively affect us, but also negatively affect the fish. Less oxygen in the water and high surface temperatures push the fish deep where they will suspend just above the thermocline where the water is cooler and there are higher concentrations of saturated oxygen. Subsequently, the fish feed less during the day. Nighttime is the right time to catch numbers and quality fish. Concentrate along the shoreline where deep water is close by. Lighted piers, seawalls and rock banks will also be productive. Throw top water baits that make a lot of noise, buzz baits, large dark colored spinner baits and large dark colored soft baits Early morning and late evening weâ€™re working shallow grass flats, lily pads and pepper grass close to deep water with top water plugs, stick baits, frogs, buzz baits, spinner baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits and finesse plastics (Senkos, Flukes, and Trick worms). When the sun gets overhead or the bite slows down, back out to deeper water along creek channel drops, river ledges, timberlines, main lake ridges and humps, secondary and main lake points with mid to deep diving crank baits, slab spoons, tail spinners and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Watch for schooling bass and keep a lipless crank bait, shallow diving crank bait and top water plug handy. The White Bass are running all over the lake chasing shad and you never know when they will blow up. Concentrate around boat lanes, roadbeds and flats throughout the day. Keep a trap, shallow diving crank bait or top water plug handy when they are schooling and a slab spoon or tail spinner when they go down. Look for the birdsâ€™ dive-bombing the water. Crappie are holding in 15 to 25 ft. over brush tops. Better catches coming in at night. Live shiners or jigs tipped with a shiner working best.
Water Temp: 80+