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Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson
Friday, July 5, 2013
O verview: Use extreme care when operating your boat or personal watercraft during summer. Most species of fish have moved to their summer habitat. The hot weather and heavy boat traffic have made most fishing best at night or early morning. The majority of the lake is clear, and the water temperature will be in the 80s.
Largemouth bass: Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be top-water lures, shaky heads, crank baits, Texas-rigged plastic worms and jigs. Most largemouth bass have moved to their post-spawn habitat. Best depths will be from the surface to 20 feet. Early morning, late afternoon and at night will be the best time to fish. Some shad will continue coming to the shoreline late at night, and some will feed on top water this month.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be ledges, long points and humps. Best lures will be top-water lures, tube lures, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake. Cloudy days will be the best time to try your luck. Smallmouth bass also will feed at night when the shad come to the shoreline.
Striped bass: Fishing should be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid- to lower sections of the lake, but also will be found in the dam area. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails, and Zoom flukes fished with 3⁄ 8- to 3⁄ 4-oz. jig heads during the day. Night lures that will work best are wake baits, Thunder sticks, Red-fins and swim baits. Live bait and trolling also will be productive. The best depth should be from the surface to 50 feet. Best time to try your luck will be early morning.
Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be fair to poor. They will be found 10 to 20 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees and brush piles in the mid- to upper sections of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½-inch tubes and twister tail grubs fished on 1⁄16- to 1⁄8-oz. lead heads will work best. Small gulp minnows also work well when fished on small lead heads or drop-shot rigs. Light line (4 pound test) will help catch more crappie.
Tip of the month: Night time will be the best time to try your luck for bass. The stripers feed better early in the morning before the heavy boat traffic starts.
If you have young children, bream are easily caught around most docks. Make sure to leave your running lights on after dark and wear your life jacket.
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