Fishing Report - 7-14-05
PATMAN: Water clear; 80'84 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are
fair on live minnows and jigs at Kelly Creek Marina and around standing
timber in 12-16 feet. Catfish are good on trotlines with small perch
and rod & reel in 10-15 feet on live minnows and punchbait.
SANDLIN: Water clear; 80-83 degrees; 2.0 low. Black bass are fair on
topwaters and spinnerbaits early and Texas-rigged worms later in the
day and at night. Crappie are fair on minnows at night under floating
lights. White bass are fair on slabs in 15-18 feet. Catfish are good on
live bait and punch bait in 12-15 feet.
Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.35' low. Black bass are fair on
Texas-rigged worms and spinnerbaits on the outside edge of lily pads.
Crappie are good on live minnows around brush in 6-8 feet on the
submerged river ledge within a half-mile of Johnson's Ranch. White bass
are fair in the river channel and on Big Lake on Rat-L-Traps. Channel
catfish are good on small live bream and on punchbait around baited
holes. Warmouth (goggle eye) are excellent on bits of nightcrawler
fished along the edge of lily pad fields.
Water clear 80-84 degrees; 1.30 low. Black bass are good at first light
on Spooks and Pop Rs fished over shallow grass close to deep water,
during the day switch to Carolina rigs in 15-20 feet out from the
shallow grass and close to deeper water. Night fishing is good on black
spinnerbaits and 10" black worms around shallow grass beds. Channel
catfish are excellent in holes baited with soured grain in 15-20 feet
on Danny Kings Punch Bait.
O' THE PINES: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.65 low. Black bass are
fair early, late and at night on topwaters and 10" worms rigged with
light weights. Crappie are fair on live minnows around heavy brush in
15-18 feet. White bass are fair on live minnows and slabs in 15 feet.
Flathead catfish are good in 15 feet on trotlines and juglines with
live perch. Channel catfish are good on Bills Catfish Bait in holes
baited with soured grain.
Water clear; 80 degrees upper end, 95 degrees at hot water discharge;
normal pool. Black bass are fair on topwaters early around shallow
flats close to creek channels. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are
good on punch bait in 10-20 feet.
LAKE: The water temperature ranges from 86 to 89 degrees. The lake
level is approximately 1 1/2-inches above normal pool and steady. The
discharge is 172 cubic feet per second. The fishing pattern from the
last few weeks remains largely unchanged. Largemouth bass from 2-3
pounds are biting well.
COLUMBIA: The lake is stained and down 12 inches. Bream fishing is good
from 6-inches to 4-feet deep using worms and crickets. Crappie fishing
is good from 9- to 12-feet deep using small shiners over creek channels
after dark. Bass fishing is good from 5- to 8-feet deep using 8-inch
ERLING: The lake is stained and at normal pool. Bream fishing is fair
from 1- to 4-feet deep using worms and crickets near brush or stumps.
Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs from 8- to 14-feet deep.
Bass fishing is fair from 2- to 6-feet deep using spinner baits.
Catfishing is good.
LAKE: The lake is still falling and the water temperatures are in the
mid-80s. The water is still ultra-clear. Bream have been good from 8-
to 24-feet deep on crickets. Crappie fishing has been fair during the
day, but it really picks up after the sun goes down. Most crappie are
holding in 18-28 feet of water.