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The warmer temperatures after the freeze have not stopped the fish from biting, but freezing temperatures will return soon so beware.
Some anglers are still taking fish daily from a limited number of haunts throughout the lake. Small plastic grubs, liberally doused with fish attractants are taking the fish in the deeper water while crankbaits and spinnerbaits are doing the trick in the shallow water. The slower the bait is fished, the more successful it will be. Letting the bait sit on the bottom motionless will often produce better than moving it.
Striper fishermen trolling live bait or deep-diving plugs around the lower end of the lake are catching 10-15 pound stripers.
Anglers fishing live shad baits are taking 8-14 pound stripers at the base of the dam, with some running to 20 pounds.
Dark colored jig ‘n pig combinations are responsible for largemouth bass catches in 3-7 feet of water. Some anglers are catching them on jerk baits and Silver Buddies on ledges and points, close to deep water.
Pond anglers are taking good stringers of crappie, but lake fishermen are having a difficult time locating the schools.
Best crappie action is coming from brush piles in 10+ feet of water. Pea Hill Creek isn’t producing much of anything right now. The striper activity should only get better.
Uplake, bass anglers are also reporting low activity.