Nolin Guide Service - Terry Watts'

What's Biting 

Largemouth bass fishing is best from late March through May.  June through the middle of July offers good bass fishing at night. Mid September through early November offers good bass fishing as well.
White bass fishing is typically good from the end of May through late June.  

Crappie fishing is typically at its best from late March through the middle of April depending upon water temperature.  June through October are good for fishing deep structure.

 Recent Activity and Conditions
Bass fishing has been fair to good over the last week.  The fish are in post spawn and transitioning to their summer locations.  Primary and secondary points are good locations to find some fish.  Carolina rigs are a good choice.  A brush hog type bait in melon/red or green pumpkin is a good bait to use on your rig.  Vary the length of your leader to match the mood of the fish.  Short 18 inch leaders for aggressive fish and longer 3 foot leaders for less aggressive bites.  A 3/4 ounce weight is good for water less than 20 feet.

White bass fishing is fair over deep water.  Finding bait is key to finding schools of white bass. 

Crappie should be holding on deep brush soon.

Bluegill fishing is good using wax worms on a popeye jig.

Walleye fishing has been fair using live bait rigs.

Surface temps are in the lower 80's with the lake being clear and at summer pool.

Bass fishing has been good.  The topwater bite is getting cranked up for the summer.  Buzzbaits in white, black or chartreuse and  jr spooks in silver flake or bone and pop-r's in silver/black or bone are all good choices.  Rocky points are good locations to find bass early and late for the topwater bite.  When shopping for a topwater rod, I would recommend the Cabela's jerkbait/topwater rod.  Designed specifically for this technique.  Shorter handle and a soft tip with plenty of backbone.  Finesse worms in green pumpkin, melon/red have been good.  Try a neko rig with a Cabela's go-to stick bait.  A molded in "o" ring makes rigging easy and catches multiple fish on one bait.

White bass fishing is fair.  Finding schools of bait over deep water is key to finding the fish.  A tail spinner or large rooster tail is good for catching deeper white bass.  

The lake is clear, a bit above pool and in the low 80's.

Gone Fishing!  See you next week! 

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