8/5 As I look out the window, a dark cloud hangs over Tackle Shack. Looks like we should get a little more rain today. MUCH more is needed in the region.
Bass, bluegills, and catfish have been the most cooperative this week. Mid-summer heat and low water has led to a lull in the bite for many, but the bass, bluegills, and cats continue to bite pretty well. Water temps range mostly from 78-82 on the lakes.
Evenings are fishing best on the Corps Lakes. Some really nice 5+ lb largemouth were weighed in Tuesday night at the CV league tournament. A variety of presentations are working. Popular baits include green pumpkin senkos, black/blue bitsy bug jigs & senkos, black topwater frogs, white buzzbaits, and shad colored crankbaits. Strike King 3XD and series 5 baits have worked well, as have Rapala DT10's/16's. All in natural shad/baitfish patterns. Various creature baits have also been popular, again in green pumpkin & black/blue. Yamamoto Shad Shape worms and KVD dream shots have been popular for anglers dropshotting deeper water too. Green pumpkin, watermelon, and perch colors have been best.
We fished Hamilton last night after dark and found a good topwater bite along the dam. Nothing big, but the largemouth were active! We picked up 3 in an hour using a Rapala Skitterprop. A jitterbug or buzzbait probably would have worked as well. Anglers have noted similar good success early in the morning and just before dark. Boat access is impossible right now, but the shoreline is easily accessible around most of the lake.