Nolin Guide Service - Terry Watts'

What's Biting 

Largemouth bassfishing 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

With the weather beginning to settle, the weekend looks good.  Bass are eating jigs and plastics 10 to 15 feet off points and channels banks.  Try a green pumpkin Booyah jig with a melon/red craw trailer.  A Yum finesse worm is a consistent producer.  Crappie are eating jigs or minnows over deep cover.  Chartreuse or pearl are favored flavors.  White bass are biting spinners early and late in the day.  The bite is influenced greatly by time of day and weather conditions.  The lake is mostly clear, about a foot above pool and falling.  The river above Wax is mostly muddy from the runoff.  Surface temps are right around 80 degrees.

Be safe out there and wear your PFD.

Despite all the rain recently, the lake is in good shape for fishing.  Surface temps are right at 82 degrees.  The lake is mainly clear and falling about a foot above pool.  Upper river is dingy to muddy.  Bass are biting plastics, jigs and crankbaits off points and deep banks.  Green pumpkin has been a preferred flavor.  Shaky heads with a Yum finesse worm has been good.  Downsize your jigs for some good spots along bluffs.  Crappie are around 10 to 15 feet over cover.  Jigs have been a preferred bait.  White bass are taking spinners early and late in the day over deep water.  

Be safe and wear your PFD.

Currently the lake is a bit over summer pool, mainly clear and in the mid 80's.  Bass are taking jigs and plastics in the 10 to 15 foot range off points and deeper banks.  Green pumpkin has been a good flavor as well as summer craw.  The night bite has been good.  Some nice spots have been caught recently off rocky banks.  Crappie have been hit or miss.  Deeper cover is holding fish around 12 to 15 feet.  Jigs and minnows have been productive.  White bass have slowed a bit early and late.  Spinners are still the preferred lures.  Mud points with bait close by are good places to find deep white bass.  Feeding times are very specific this time of year.

Be safe this weekend and wear your PFD.

Currently Nolin is clear, at pool and around 83 degrees with the surface temp rising into the high 80's by evening.  White bass activity has slowed a bit.  Some jumps are still happening around the lake.  A 1/4 ounce spinner has been good choice near the mouth of major creeks.  Crappie are biting fair to good over deep brush.  A tube jig fished around 12 to 15 feet has been getting bites.  Bass are biting crankbaits, plastics and jigs off points and channel bends.  As the water continues to warm, fish will become more lethargic and structure oriented.  Night fishing has been good lately.  A black/blue spinnerbait and large plum flavor worms have been getting bit.  

Be safe and wear your pfd. 

Despite the heat and humidity, bass fishing has been good.  Jigs in green pumpkin with a Yum craw trailer have been getting bites.  A deep Norman Little N crankbait has been catching numbers in the 10 to 12 foot range.  Finesse worms in green pumpkin/purple have been good on a 3/16 ounce head.  For numbers of fish, a 4 inch cut tail worm fished on a 3/32 ounce head and 6# line has been great.  Melon candy has been a good flavor.  Points next to deep water have been best.  White bass have slowed considerably.  Jumps are scattered.  Crappie are biting jigs 12 to 15 feet over deep cover.  Pearl or chartreuse are good flavors on a 1/16 ounce head.  The lake is near pool, clear and in the high 80's.

Be safe and wear your pfd.     



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