The lake is at 167.56 ft msl (4.5 ft below high pool) and is falling approximately 2″ per day as the SRA continues the draw down of the lake to inspect the damn and repair a generator. For the majority of fishermen the bite remains slow. The winning patterns in last weekends Oilman’s tournament came from three areas on the lake. Florida and Texas rigged 11 & 8″ Camo Ring Rascals fished in 12 to 15ft depths in the 6 mile area took first place with 29.13 lbs (2 day totals). Second best stringer (28.17 lbs) came from the Rebel ridge area using “Bleeding shade Chug Bugs” fished over 12 ft grass areas and third place (27.79 lbs) came from the 1215 area using “Red shade and June Bug” soft plastics fished around 8 to 20ft ridge drops. During the day, start off working a top water plug, buzz bait or spinner bait over grass close to deep water. As the sun gets up, back out to the channel shelf and ledges, and main lake humps close to deep- water sloughs. Carolina or Texas rigs with soft plastics and deep diving crank baits working best when fished in 10 to 18 ft. ledges and drops around structure. Watch for schooling bass chasing shad. Traps and shallow diving cranks working best when schooling.
Water Temp: 80+