Fishing Report – April 29, 2015

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake?s elevation at 667.86 feet msl (normal conservation pool ? 659 msl).

Bull Shoals Boat Dock said most of the shoreline has brush in the water. The water temperatures are in the low 60s. Bass have moved to the beds. Spotted bass are bedding as deep as 5 to 10 feet of water. Jerk baits are working well out in 10 to 15 feet of water outside the brush. Jigs fished in 5 to 15 feet of water crawled along bluffs and rocks are working as well. White bass are back in the creeks, and some good limits have come in lately. Use small white jigs, spoons and crankbaits for the best results on the white bass. Walleye fishing has been very good on deep-diving crankbaits trolled on leadcore line about 30 to 50 feet deep in 40 to 100 feet of water. There is very limited success on walleye in shallow water right now. Crappie anglers are being a bit tight-lipped, but the few that are willing to share information are catching their fish in 20 feet of water around brush on small minnows, spoons and 1/32 oz. to 1/64 oz. jigs if you can find the days when the wind will let you fish that light.

Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said recent rain and cooler weather has caused the surface temperature in the mid-lake area (Point 24) to drop to around 60 degrees. Many of the largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass have completed spawning. Males will still be found guarding the beds and should continue to for the next couple weeks. Smallmouth are biting well near soft secondary points on jigs presented at depths from 18 to 35 feet. Largemouth are moving into the shallows after dark and feeding in and around the buck brush on small bluegills and crawfish. Now would be a good time to use buzzbaits and flukes to coax hits from fish holding near the brush. Walleye are hitting well on crankbaits trolled at 20 to 25 feet. Many hits are coming from suspended baits diving to the 12- to 14-foot level. Banks in the creek arms and secondary points are providing the most action. Bluegill are moving into shallower water, however, the larger 8- to 9-inch fish are staying deeper and being caught 18 to 30 feet deep. Many are suspending in the creek arms over the old creek bed in depths up to 40 feet. Small black and brown jigs are producing the most fish. Catfish have also moved into the creek arms and trotline fishermen are doing well using small bluegills for bait.

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