Going into August the lake is in great shape with plenty of water, 169msl, three feet below high pool. Numerous fishing patterns, techniques and a mixed bag of lures are being used to put fish in the boat. Early morning and late evening weâ€™re working shallow grass flats, flooded brush, 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. If you are lucky enough to find some deep -water grass (hydrilla) pitch jigs or drag a Carolina rigged plastic in the grass. If you want to beat the heat try fishing at night when the bass are more active. 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. The White Bass have kept us busy when the Blacks typically slow down during the middle of the day. Huge schools of large Whiteâ€™s are blowing up along the river channel, boat lanes, road beds 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. 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+