Black Bass: This is the time of year that all bass fishermen look forward to when large bass seek out shallow water homes for a while. As water temps reach near 60 degrees plus, many of the bass will move in the very backs of protected coves in search of good spawning sights. Most of the coves have different types of cover, such as stumps, boat docks and rocks. Good bait choices can be shallow running crank baits, spinner baits and plastic worms or lizards.
Crappie: As water temps warm up a bit, many of the crappie will move in the shallows along with the bass for the same reason, getting ready to spawn. Fishing minnows under a bobber around any cover such as boat docks, stumps or overhanging tree limbs in the water is your best bet for catching good slabs. Early morning and late evenings seem to be the best action time when these fish are in the shallows.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: These fish can be found on most of the main lake humps and points in water depths of 20’ – 30’ or so. I start out by trolling pet spoons behind deep diving crank baits to catch and locate these fish. If they are located along the bottom then I will try bouncing slab spoons for some action. You will often catch other types of fish such as bass, catfish and even crappie.
Catfish: Your best catfish action can be by baiting up areas along creek and river channels with sour grain or range cubes and fishing either chicken liver, shrimp or dip baits near the bottom in 15’ – 25’ depths. Also, under the 1097 Bridge is another great catfishing area this time of year.