elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal
elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation:
677.2 feet. The water surface temperature
was 44 degrees in the main channel and many
sloughs were froze on Sunday.
Largemouth Bass: Some bass
are being caught along deep banks by anglers
using the rig. Rattletraps are being used
to catch fish around grassy points in 6 to 8
feet of water. Smallmouth Bass: Lower and
main lake rocky banks while using jigs is
the working combination most are using.
Spotted Bass: Main channel banks in
the upper reservoir while using jigs or
small crankbaits will provide the greater
opportunity to land these fish.
Crappie: Most areas of the
reservoir can be productive crappie areas
for those using jigs or minnows for bait.
Sunken brush, channel ledges, and rocky
bluffs are areas to target. Depth varies
according to the area being fished and time
of day. Shallow areas will be better as the
water warms slightly. River fish are most
often more shallow than the creek fish. Striped bass: A few striped
bass are being caught along the main channel
banks around bars where shad congregate.
Swimbaits are being used by those that
target the stripers. Bluegill: Deep rocky banks
in the river and creeks are holding
bluegill. Most bluegill being caught are
being caught by crappie anglers.
Sauger: Only a few are being
caught. The upper reservoir is difficult to
fish because of the heavy current. Proper
presentation of the bait along the bottom is
making catching sauger challenging. Catfish: Main lake and shad
in combination is a technique where big fish
are being caught