Black Bass: Now that the spawn is over, a good number of Bass can be caught feeding on shad in the shallows during the early morning hours in 2’ – 5’ or so. After the sun comes up toward mid-morning many of these fish will move to some type of deep structure, main lake points, pond dams and old road beds. Some Bass can be holding under boat docks or along breakwaters, especially if they are made of rock. Plastic worms and crank baits are good baits to fish these types of cover.
Crappie: May is probably one of the best months of the year to catch Crappie. Like the Bass, they retreat to deeper water in search of food source and cover – such as pilings under the 1097 Bridge, submerged brush and trees. These are great places to dunk minnows or even jigs to get a bite.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: This time of year both of these fish can be found cruising main lake humps and points in depths of 18’ – 30’ chasing shad. If these fish are scattered, I prefer trolling small pet spoons behind deep diving crank baits. If they bunch up along the bottom, then I will use ¾ oz. slab spoons to trigger a bite.
Catfish: The first part of summer is great for catching good numbers of nice sized Catfish. By baiting up areas you plan to fish will increase the action. Areas such as river and creek channels or under the 1097 Bridge are prime catfishing areas. The early morning hours until noon is when the action is best. Stink baits, chicken livers and shrimp are all good bait choices.