Largemouth Bass:

Largemouth are biting the usual finesse plastics in the twenty to forty foot range. The short activity window is in the morning on most days. Look for the bite to improve in the next month or so when the water warms up a bit with the longer days. The lake level continues to rise and the debris has not been a big issue as long as the North wind doesn’t blow into the marina. The crews have been removing a lot of it with a bulldozer which is helping a lot. Better days ahead for sure.

Striped Bass:

The bulk of the bigger Stripers have moved from the middle area of the Ski Arm. The Fish arm has come more into play as well as the back of the Ski Arm when the water is coming in from the forebay. Either way, you’ll have to put in the time to find the numbers of fish no matter where you look. Trolling pearl white Zoom Flukes rigged on a small ballhead jig on six colors of leadcore line continues to get bites, as it’s still more of a reaction bite than any kind of feeding situation. 


Not much of a change here. Bass and Crappie are still active around the Shad schools that can be found anywhere from twenty to forty feet deep. Shad imitations like dropshots or small jigheads rigged with 2″ swimbaits or small finesse worms have been getting bites. Some bigger Bass are being caught on Jigs along with the occasional glide bait fish for those putting in the time. The lake is still only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March 1st when it goes seven days. 

Water conditions:

Surface temp 54 degrees

Good clarity to ten feet plus in most areas.

Debris still an issue after strong North winds.

Jim –