The debris shifted to the middle of the Ski Arm most of the week making launching clean and easy. The lake level has come up about 50′, scattering most of the fish. The Largemouth have been anywhere from ten to forty feet deep. Most of the Shad are on the bottom in forty to sixty feet. There are a lot of Stripers of all sizes in the Ski Arm. 30′ seems to be the most consistent depth to find them. Getting them to bite has been a different story. Trolling slow wobbling baits like the KastMaster are getting bit as well as pearl white Zoom Flukes rigged on a small ballhead jig, twitched on six colors of lead core line. The area from Center Point to Necktie Cyn. has fish as well as the West side of the Ski Arm. Surface temp: 54 degrees with good clarity.
The good news here is that the launch ramp is open again. The lake is currently open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On March 1st it will be open seven days a week. There is decent Bass action in 20′ of water on the usual finesse plastics as well as a Crappie bite around the suspended Shad schools in deeper water.
Jim – www.661Fishing.com