Well it's the dog days of summer and fishing has been very predictable this time of year. With constant air temperatures in the 100's, the surface water temp's are beginning to climb into the high 80'sF. This means the fish are slow and deep most of the day. If you get out early you can run into a few bass and crappie. Using a Texas rig and throwing a worm on bottom seems to be the best bass technique right now. The more successful fishing we've seen has been by boat through means of trolling. We've had several patrons come in and tell us the sand bass have been running down at the dam in 7-12ft of water. It seems that our fisherman are catching them on shad colored deep divers.
It may be hot out there but that doesn't mean fishing has stopped, until next time keep fishin friends
Top lure: Arashi Shad ( storm ) 7ft
Bottom lure: Hot n Tot ( storm ) 10 - 12 ft
Early July Fishing
Well, the heat dome has hit and the temps are hot. The surface water temperature is hovering around 85F which can make fishing during daylight hours a little more difficult. After hosting the family fishing tournament on 7/1 and doing some fishing ourselves, we've notice the fish are hanging out in deep water during most of day. Early morning before 8am seems to be the most active time to fish. Saugeye and sandbass have been caught trolling with deep divers. Recently the sandbass were schooling down by the damn at 6:45am, that was a fun morning to be out! We were able to haul in sandbass with silver spoons and rattle traps, but then again when they are in a feeding frenzy they will hit just about anything. We have seen a few 5lb channel cats caught on dough bait and chicken livers late at night from our docks. One youngster reeled in a 5lb carp during the family fishing tournament using nothing but hot dog buns as his bait. The best luck for large mouth bass has been with worms on a texas rig, brown, dark green, red/black. Typically deeper around cedar brush piles is where we've seen the best bites.
Until next time, keep fishin friends
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