Monday, July 21, 2014


 - Anglers looking for bass on Arkabutla Lake are finding success hitting largemouth bass on spinner baits or soft plastics on main lake points with bushes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weekly fishing report.
The Corps reports most of fish caught are less than a couple of pounds, however.
However, the best fishing luck has been for white bass found schooling off sandy main lake points where they will bite small, shad-imitating lures, such as jigs, tail spinners, or small crank baits.
The Corps reports that crappie fishing has been improving, somewhat. Anglers are spider rigging jigs and/or minnows and fishing about 8-10 feet deep in about 10-18 feet of water, mostly on the south side of the main lake. Some have been pole fishing around the green bushes in similar depths.

The best reports for catfish recently have been using stink baits or night crawlers in inflowing water in the river and creeks.
Fishermen will find the best luck in the outlet channel will be for white bass or catfish in the faster water. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014


TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 0.89 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes in 15-20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow..

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Bluewater action is starting to heat up, but anglers likely will have to wait until well into the weekend, if not early next week, to take advantage because of the pending arrival of Arthur.
Yellowfin tuna and dolphin had been showing in better numbers to the southeast of Rudee Inlet, well within reach of the Virginia fleet.

Captains also are reporting more and more billfish sightings, meaning that offshore catches are about to take off.Meanwhile, many captains are doing well with shark fishing, especially those working within sight of the beach.Blacktips are showing up around chum bags about as fast as mates can get them in the water. Occasionally a big sand tiger will show up to investigate. Also along the beach are plenty of Spanish mackerel and bluefish.

Cobia and flounder clearly have taken their place as the lead candidates inshore, with fish showing at all their usual summer haunts. Look for cobia around Bluefish Rock, the Inner Middle Grounds, Latimer Shoal and roaming throughout the lower Bay.The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is the favorite flatfish location, but look for flounder around the Hampton Bar and many other bottom features throughout the Bay.Action also has been fantastic inside Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets, and in the Wachapreague and Oyster areas of the lower Eastern Shore.But a powerful showing by Arthur could dirty the water and mess u flounder action for a while.Big red drum still are available around shoals at the mouth of the Bay, and along Eastern Shore barrier island breakers. Black drum typically can be found around the islands of the CBBT.Look for tarpon and lots of big shark in the backwater areas of Oyster.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bass can ambush bait fish

 Large mouth bass fishing is a great past time. Fishing is fun for the whole family. Many times bass will stay along the shore lines to feed. Largemouth bass will stay in the shallows in the spring. Here are some tips on catching bass along the shore.
  The first thing fishermen need to do is locate structure along the shore. You need to look for cover that the bass will use and it should be near a drop off.  Largemouth bass like to stay in the shade since they don't have any eye lids. Bass can ambush bait fish from cover. Look for trees the have falling into the water. Large mouth bass will hide along side the shady side of the tree. make sure to fish along ant rocks or gravel beds that are near the shore.
  A good idea is to get a map of the lake or river this will show you how deep the water is and if there are any old roads that have been covered over. You should fish the areas that have been filled in near the dam with rocks and gravel. large mouth bass will look for craw fish that hide in the rocks. Bass will follow bait fish into the cover along the shore lines. If you are fishing from a boat make sure to be quiet as you approach these shallow areas. large mouth bass are very sensitive to sound.
  Try and use baits that look like what the bass are feeding on. Spinner baits are good to use near falling trees. Make sure to tip them with some kind of worm. In the gravel areas jerk baits and artificial baits that resemble cray fish will produce bass. If you are fishing grass beds try using baits that look like frogs.  Texas rigged plastic worm works well near shore lines especially near a drop off. Your fishing gear shoud be a spinning or spincast rod and real with eight pound test line depending on the type of cover you are fishing for large mouth bass.
  Try different color combinations with your bait. The closer you come to what the bass are feeding on the better. Make sure to vary your retrieves. Try a slow retrieve and use a jerking stop and start to simulate a injured bait fish. There are many different combinations a fisherman can use to catch large mouth bass.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Barnett Reservoir

Bass are schooling on the main lake and some areas upriver. Topwater and crankbaits have been producing south of Oil Well Woods through mid-morning. Fish are being caught early just south of Safe Harbor on topwater, but that bite has been shutting down when the sun tops the trees. Some bass are holding on shallow ledges as well.
In Pelahatchie Bay, the pattern is similar. Bass are being caught early in shallow water and moving to ledges along the creek channel when the sun hits the water.
Upriver, a few patterns are working. Cuts are producing some bass action. Working a Shaky Head in cuts with structure should generate strikes. Frogs have been productive as well. Fishing the pads early seems to be the best bet, but some fish are being caught throughout the day.
Crappie are being a little finicky this week. Good-sized fish were being caught in some of the old lakes such as Three Prong earlier this week anywhere from 6 to 10 feet deep near structure, but multiple reports indicated the fishing dried up by Wednesday. But, as one angler noted, it could turn around tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lake Conroe fishing

Catfish are fair to good. Liver is working well for channel and blue catfish with the catch running from 1 to 5 pounds. James said he has had success on main lake points from 28 to 30 feet deep. Liver dipped in Stick It has been working well as bait.
Hybrids are good and some are deep with the catfish. James told me liver or live shad are good baits for hybrids right now and the sizes run 14 to 26 inches long. He said they are plentiful on main lake humps.
Bream are showing up around the rock at the dam from 15 to 28 feet deep on worms. Large hand size bream are filling stringers.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Delaware River bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass and channel catfish began to be cranked from Delaware River, Smallmouths are required to be released through Friday on the river and through Sunday at lakes. The river’s shad fishing was slowing down locally, but shad were still fought. Big Flatbrook fished well for trout, and lots of sulfurs hatched. Customers who trout mostly fish the Flatbrook. Lake fishing was hit or miss, depending on the lake. Largemouth bass and sometimes catfish and hybrid striped bass were pulled in, at lakes that held hybrids. Largemouths must be released through Sunday. Some still spawned, and some were finished spawning, depending on the lake.
Largemouth bass were spawning in lakes and should finish soon,They’re restricted to catch and release through Sunday, but customers hooked them best on Senkos and Keitechs. Top-waters failed to attract the bass much yet. Trout, leftover from spring stocking, continued to be angled from streams. Flies hatching should include sulfurs and gray foxes. Walleyes and hybrid striped bass were pasted on Lake Hopatcong. A variety of other fish like chain pickerel also chewed there. Smallmouth bass fishing should begin to amp up on Delaware River in warming water.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Beaver or the Bark and Oconomwoc Rivers fishing

Largemouth Bass  are in the full-on post spawn period. A few fish are still spawning, but not many. Topwaters (Pop R, Redfins and #11 Floating Rapalas) and crankbaits (Norman Baby N's, wiggle warts and rattletraps) are catching fish over open water areas, especially weed patches on the mid-depth flats in 6-12 feet of water. On the sunny afternoons, the fish have been tighter to cover in 3-8 feet of water and fishing around the docks and in the slop has been picking up. Plastics: Texas rigged lizards, tube jigs skirted grubs, and wacky worms are all catching fish, as always, if the bite is tough, try a jigworm. Live bait on slip sinker rigs are catching a few fish for anglers making solid drifts over productive areas. (Try: Okauchee, Oconomowoc, Pine, Kessus, Nagawicka, Moose, School Section, Pretty, Golden or Emily)

Smallmouth Bass fishing was still slow as fish finish their post-spawn pattern. Minnowbaits, like size 11 or 13 floating rapalas are actually a great way to catch these fish. Keep it simple, black and silver or chartruese and white are the best. If it warms up this weekend and the early part of next week, look for them on sand/rock transition areas and  target them with tubes, skirted grubs or twister tail grubs. (Try: Oconomowoc, Pine, Lac Labelle, Nagawicka, Pewaukee, Beaver or the Bark and Oconomwoc Rivers.)