With several days of nice weather and no rain, the water temperature is around 49 to 54 degrees in the afternoons. Water clarity is good on both the North and South arms of the lake. Water Level is currently 4.62 which is higher than at anytime last year. All of this combined with what I call a good bite for this time of the year, makes for a good time to get out on the lake. Fish are being caught in a whole variety of techniques such as drop shot worms, jig's, Carolina rigged plastics, small swim baits, senko's, and the jumbo minnow bite is kicking in big time. Those who are targeting just a "big" bite are tossing the bigger glide baits, swim baits and Alabama rigs. All of these techniques and baits will just continue to get better as we move into march. The warmer water temps has started the bigger fish moving into the the shallows and some bigger fish are being caught. Last weekends tournament was won with 30 lbs for the best five fish for one day. Lot's of 12 to 15 inch are being caught which all bodes well for a great 2016 season. The crappie bite is better than it has been in years, that combined with a good bite and good weather overall has made for a fairly busy lake at times. March will see a couple of big tournaments hitting the lake the third week of March so plan your trips accordingly. Wardens are checking to make sure bag limits are being followed and also making sure you have purchased your 2016 license, don't forget them. Stay Safe, be courteous to your fellow fisherman, don't crowd or cut in, make sure if your bringing a boat to the lake that you get it checked for a clearance sticker before launching. Guides are booking up fast so if your planning on booking a guide, plan well ahead. The only thing that will change current conditions will be any strong storm with substantial rain and or a spell of colder weather that drops the water temps. God Bless, Bob
2/18/2016 01:49:25 am
Great report Bob. Thanks for taking the time to keep us fishermen informed.
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