Fishing Report – January 9, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.71 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature ranges from frozen over to 45 degrees. Hybrid and white bass are still eating well on shad in early staging areas part way up all rivers on humps and points. They’re also out deep in the main lake (up to 70 feet deep). The river fish are 40-48 feet and all are eating spoons, in-line spinners and hair jigs as well as swim baits and Alabama rigs. Crappie are biting on and off over brush piles and in the pole timber 18-25 feet deep over deeper water on minnows and jigs. The walleye are on the move and the first fish should be showing up in the rivers soon as the bigger females are ready to go. They may spawn as soon as 43 water temperature hits, try jerk baits,crankbaits,bream and minnows; the bite will be better on cloudy days with a slow presentation. Key on the sharp edges of breaks in the river. Bass fishing is good on Alabama rigs and crankbaits. Most bass are suspended, so focus on swimming an Alabama rig or crankbait through them. Some fish are on the bluffs, and can be caught on football head jigs and tube baits.
eff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) had no report.