It is starting to get a little dry here. The level at Newport is down to 13 feet and they will have to let some water out sooner or later. Soon they will be complaining about not enough discharge for the put and take trout on the rivers. Oh I forgot the new minimum flow law taking away 1.75 feet of flood control capacity will take care of that. So much for the dams to be for flood control first. Open gates river. Closed gates dry. A new concept. If there is too much flow they cannot wade fish. Too little the trout cannot live. It looks like a serious problem. I am sure the government can take care of it. There is still a good early top water bite near Blackburns Resort early in the mornings for striper and bass. Some bass are in open water on shad and some are on the banks shallow in the brush with catfish and small walleye. The larger walleye are on points in 20-foot of water or a little less and can be caught dragging night crawlers. You can do this now much better as most of the brush which is usually at this level now is too deep and you can troll without snagging too much. Use a Lindy rig nightcrawler harness with three hooks and using your trolling motor on about three move over the areas letting your bottom bouncer touch and immediately raise your rod up three or four feet and repeat. You will get bluegill so bring several nightcrawlers. I use twenty pound line to the bottom bouncer rig and they using a leader about 5-6 feet attach the lindy rig. This way when you get snagged you will not break off the whole rig. Do not just throw out the rig on the bottom and just drag it. This is your best chance to catch good walleye now. I caught three again last evening in about an hour. For striper, after the top-water bite is over in the morning, stay on them and switch to a spoon and vertical jig. Morning bite is much better than the evening. Several smallmouth bass and catfish are shallow around the Islands.
The surface water temperature is in the high 70’s and rising. There is a good top water bite most mornings in the Cranfield area starting at about 5:30 Am and ending about 8. There is a thermocline forming at about 20-feet and there are several walleye above that. There are some smaller ones shallow in the buckbrush with bass and catfish. I caught three good ones yesterday morning on a main lake point near Blackburns at 18-20 feet. Bink is catching some good fish everyday. Lindy rigs with night crawlers is working good for walleye.
It was starting to get a little dry here and the rain was welcome. The lake did come up about an inch and a half in the last 24-Hour Period. It is now 562.24 and clearing. They will have to let some water out sooner or later but you never know with the government in charge. The lake in general is in good condition but some beeches are covered in water but there is still some sand in the Panther Creeks swim area. You can swim off Blackburns dock, off the shore at the boat launch and in our 30×60 pool. We have no diminished services. Everything is green and nice here and ready for your visit. Stripers, catfish, bluegill and bass are biting best with several large fish being brought in every day. Rent a boat and go in some nearly private cove with low boat traffic and swim and dive in peace and quiet. Now that school is out come on down. We will not charge you too much. The children will like it here. Bring their bikes.
They always catch fish and help our other customers. Nice People.
They got here yesterday afternoon and started catching fish as soon as they hit the water. They are experts at trolling umbrellas. Welcome guys
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Water Temperature is 75 degrees and finally rising. The north wind was cool yesterday though. Much warmer later this week with a lot of sunshine. Good time to bring the kids for a visit. Spooning is now the bait of choice again.
We have been getting most of the rain at night and it has interfered with fishing or boating activities very little. The forecast is to be dry and sunny with highs near 80 for the next week. Perfect for water activities. Give Debbie a call at 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much for cabins, boat rental or boat stalls. You can launch right here, park your trailer, get your fishing licenses and be on the lake in minutes from your free boat stall. If you are visiting alone you do not have to go elsewhere to launch your boat and get a ride back to your vehicle. It is all right here. When you bring the whole family the kids will love the pool and we are pet friendly. There are not a lot of fish on the bank on the main lake but some bass are coming up in the early AM. Stripers and Hybrids are mostly in the open water on shad. You umbrella fishermen, this is a good time. The spoon is also starting to work. The water temperature is slow coming up but fish are starting to move out to deeper water and will continue to do so as the sunny warm weather arrives except for walleye with will move to 20-ft. main lake points as the thermocline forms. Most brush is too deep now but will fall into place as the lake drops which should start about next Sunday if they let out any water at all. The level at Newport has dropped to 18-feet and they could if they wanted to. We are fine here but do not need it to go up much more before some launching and parking are affected elsewhere on the lake. Some campgrounds are affected but resorts almost all have no diminished services. When you see levels near 570 it is too high. It is 561 now. It is just fine now here at Blackburns but you do have to go down some steps to get to the dock. That is all that has changed. We are the best option around.
It is cloudy today and warm. The water temperature is 72 degrees and there is a thermocline setting up at just over 23 feet. It is not definitive yet but will be as the water warms. I am finding most fish in the 20-ft. range on main lake points. Bink is fishing half way back in the creeks but I am looking for walleye and finding several with about one in four being 18-inches. I am not finding many bass on the points. I saw no top water fish last evening. The lake is still rising slowly and is at 560.68 and has come up 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. I expect it to start dropping next week unless we get a big rain and if the government lets out more water than is coming in the lake from the river. Do not expect much do not get much. I would like to see a drop of 2-feet to make things just right. I was out until almost dark and saw very little debris in the Blackburns area but I do not go very far to get fish. I feel very sorry for the folks in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and wish them well and count my blessings every day. We have many friends there.