By: Butch Terpe at Stow-A-Way Marina & R.V. Park
Black Bass: Anglers can expect to find bass holding shallow during early morning times along boat docks and any kind of rock structure in 2’ – 6’ depths. Plastic worms and medium diving crank baits are both good baits for this kind of cover. As the day goes and during the heart of the day try fishing submerged pond dams, roadbeds and main lake points in 10’ – 18’ depths. Dragging Carolina worm rigs and deep diving crank baits around this type of structure is a good choice.
Crappie: This isn’t the best time of year for crappie fishing because of high water temperatures but fair catches of crappie can still be caught by fishing jigs and minnows along the 1097 Bridge and brush in 12’ – 18’ depths. Some standing timber on the north portion of the lake can also hold nice size crappie.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: These fish can be found and caught in submerged structures such as main lake points and humps from the main lake areas from the 1097 Bridge to the dam in 10’ – 30’ depths. I like trolling small pet spoons behind deep diving crank baits because these fish are usually scattered in small schools, which this method covers a great amount of area.
Catfish: Good catfish action can be found along the main river and creek channels in depths from 18’ – 25’. Also, under the 1097 Bridge is another hot spot, especially when you have some shade from the heat at this time of year. Several baits will work – chicken liver, night crawlers and assorted types of stink baits. Your best action during this time of year is to start at daybreak and sometimes right after dark.