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Lake levels have dropped to summer pool over the last few days. The water is clear to stained with temperatures 72 to 74 degrees. Crappie bite is slow fishing minnows 10 to 15 feet in the mouths of creeks. Bass are still biting plastics around 10 feet on rock banks and main lake points as well as docks. Black/red has been a productive color this week. Bluegill fishing is improving on popeye jigs and wax worms around 5 feet deep. White bass is slow. Bait fish have yet to school in open water. Walleye fishing is slow. Catfish are biting well on liver and night crawlers off rocky banks early and late. Watch for floating debris. Boat safely this weekend.
from Captain Mike Gerry
Bass are biting everywhere at Guntersville and on pretty much anything you want to throw, but said that his top lure for the week was the Missile D-Bomb, a soft plastic crawfish. Gerry also said that crankbaits are going strong, with some of the best action on creek channels outside the spawning areas, particularly where shell beds or stumps are found. He likes the SPRO DD series, among others;
Recent rains and high water levels have slowed fishing a bit. Surface temperatures are around 70 degrees. The lake is clear, falling, 5 feet above summer pool with floating debris mainly in the upper lake. Bass are biting plastics along sloping banks. Crappie are scattered over deeper water and the bite is slow. A few bluegill are showing up as well as white bass chasing shad late in the day.
The lake has fallen nearly 4 feet this week, but the bass fishing has remained good. Anglers who are looking to catch good numbers of bass are targeting shallow, flooded cover in the backs of the pockets with Texas-rigged plastics, soft-plastic jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Those seeking big fish are targeting offshore ledges with Strike King 6XD and 10XD crankbaits. The crappie fishing is still fair for the moment, but it’s slowing down fast as the fish move away from the banks. Trollers and drift fishermen are still catching good numbers of crappie in the Goat Island and Yellow Creek areas. The most popular jig colors have been red/chartreuse and blue/chartreuse. The catfish bite has really picked up during the past week with lots of good eating-size channel cats biting cut bait and night crawlers around the rock bluffs.
from Guide Steve McCadams
Bass have entered the post-spawn phase and seem to be moving toward the ledges. Many anglers are having success in those areas with Carolina-rigged craws, jig-and-pig combos and deep-diving crankbaits. The bluegill are bedding, and anglers have been catching big stringers of them around the buck bushes and deeper gravel flats and points. The bluegill have been a little deeper than normal due to the high lake levels, but they can still be caught in bunches once you locate them. Most anglers are tossing crickets and wax worms under slip bobbers in 5-7 feet. Some good shellcracker were caught around the buck bushes last week, but they have disappeared this week. Catfish are biting night crawlers and cut bait around the bluffs. Crappie fishermen have struggled again this week, with many crappie having left the banks and the remaining shallow fish scattered throughout the flooded shoreline cover.
The lake was 9.8 feet above rule curve on Wednesday and falling steadily. Crappie fishing has been tough with the fish scattered throughout the flooded shoreline cover. But if you can find an area that’s holding a few fish, you have a chance at a good one. Several crappie in the 2.5- to 3-pound range have been reported during the past 10 days. Most anglers are using single jig poles and moving rapidly from one area to another in attempt to cover lots of water. Catfish have been biting night crawlers and cut bait in areas where fresh water is flowing into the lake. Some good channel catfish have also been caught over the flooded grass flats with night crawlers fished under a bobber.
from Wyatt’s Crossing
The lake was 2.1 feet above rule curve Wednesday. Anglers are catching crappie on the upper end of the lake by jigging water that is 6-12 ft deep. Most of the fish are biting a foot or two off the bottom. The top jig colors have been pink/chartreuse and red/white. Catfishing has been good with lots of blue cats in the 20- to 30-pound range biting cut skipjack around deep ledges and lots of channel cats biting night crawlers around ripraps bank. Bass are biting spinnerbaits and soft-plastic jerk baits around flooded grass.
Bagnell Tailwater black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on shad and worms. Glaize black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and crankbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie fair on crappie jigs and minnows; catfish slow, try cut baits, worms and stinkbaits. Gravois crappie good on minnows; black bass fair on crankbaits; white bass slow; catfish good on cut bait. Niangua black bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows and small plastic jigs; catfish fair using cut shad and live bluegill; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastic jigs. Osage black bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and small plastic jigs; catfish fair using cut shad and live bluegill; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics.