Fishing Report – January 23, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.18 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling, and the surface temperature is in the high 30s to low 40s.The river walleye are staging for their spawn and are on the move due to longer days, the lake walleye are just hanging out in the lake. The bite is slow overall, but the river fish will feed fairly well soon, as they can spawn in 43 degree water. Try slow trolled crankbaits and jigs tipped with minnows. The bass fishing is good if you can find them; the best baits are crankbaits and Alabama rigs fished in 45-50 feet of water. No report on catfish. Crappie are suspended in the timber and over brush piles in 15-25 feet of water and will bite Road Runners and jigs tipped with minnows. No report on bream. The hybrid and white bass are still biting fairly well in different parts of the lake on hair jigs, spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits; they are staging for their spawn. Try looking for bait and fish from 43 to 70 feet deep.

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