April has started out hot for big bass all around the lake. Reports and pictures keep coming in of 4, 5, 6 and even 7 pound bass up to 24 inches long! Large channel catfish being caught in the pier area using shrimp and liver bait, and the live worms are catching plenty of large catfish and perch. If we had to list a place and technique that works best right now, try this. Go weedless with a long plastic worm with bright tail at the end of a light weight slip shot. Cast with the wind behind you anywhere between the amphitheater and the pier. Cast out deep, use heavy wrist action on the worm to make it full of life, BUT retrieve slow.
BE A GOOD SPORT AND PRACTICE CPR WHEN YOU GET A FISH ON. CATCH, PHOTO, RELEASE!
The warmer weather is warming up the water and the best time to fish with a good 'catch-rate' are the next 4-6 weeks, through the end of May. Bass will move from deeper waters into shallow waters to spawn and feed.
The lake level is 100% with a slight surface current running into the primary spillway. The water is relatively clear, so use appropriate color if using plastic baits.
revised April 11, 2014
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