The Corp has the lake rising to 596 and presently it needs about 4-inches. They will raise it to summer pool of 599.99 in May.
The water temps I saw this past week were running from 49-51 with it spiking up to 57 on calm sunny days. The entire lake has cleared up quite a bit. The wind keeps it stirred up but over all color isn’t a problem unless you want to catch them on the bank. The shallow fish that everyone has enjoyed chasing these past three weeks have moved back out to about ten-feet on the north end and slightly deeper on the south end.
The stained and dirty water from the wind has the fish suspending high in the water column. We caught fish down anywhere from 6-10 feet over deeper brush and heavy trunks of down trees. Water depth doesn’t mean as much as a branch in the 6-10 foot range. Remember this time of the year fish are seeking warmth and heavy trunks of down trees provides more so brush might only have small fish in it.
With the current water color we have my best colors on dark rainy days have been a 1/8 or 3/16oz.Deep Ledge Jig in either orange, black or chartreuse with a chartreuse glow Midsouth tube or an orange and chartreuse tube. On sunny days I am using a white head and a Bass Pro Crystal Minnow or my Brush Bugs with a white head, pearl tensile and glow legs. Since we aren’t fishing that deep I have downsized from my typical 1/4oz. jigs and got out my twelve-foot rods so we can stay back.
On windy days we have been drifting slip bobber rigs over deep brush with plain minnows, calm days sticking more to jigs.
On calm days I can see the fish suspending off the sides of points with my side imaging on the south end where there are stumps and brush so we are getting out the spinner rigs this week and line counter reels and doing some long line pulling. This method is deadly on suspended fish.