Gary's Fishing Report - 8-21-20
Lake Level: 864.74 - 6" high
Water Temperature: 83 degrees
The crappie are in Summer Mode in the deep brush piles on the main lake. The fish are 7' to 10' deep in 15' to 20' deep brush piles. If you want to catch numbers, you will have to use minnows. The jig bite is really slow but they are easy to catch on minnows.
Lots of small fish being caught on the main lake around the grass. Buzz baits, frogs or senkos are good choices for the grass. Small crankbaits around rock are also producing fish. See tournament results on Livin2Fish.
The catfish are shallow also because of the thermocline. Shallow bay's in less than 10' of water. Dough or dip bait, like Sonny's, works great for channels. Liver, shrimp or worms work also. Some nice flatheads and blues are also being caught on trot & limb lines. Goldfish or cut shad are best for these methods.
White Bass: Excellent
Watch for the whites busting the surface, chasing shad, in the morning or evening. You can throw almost anything when they are surfacing. A roadrunner with a white curly tail, rooster tail, small crank baits or rattle traps. During the day, when they are not surfacing, use small 1/4 oz spoons or small white twister tails on a 1/8 oz roadrunner head fished near the bottom.
Your best bet is trolling a medium diving crank bait on main lake points. A few small ones are being caught but few keepers.