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With water temperatures getting low the fish are holding in the normal wintertime haunts, in deep water. Lots of good fish are being taken throughout the state by anglers who are patient. Plastic baits, fished at the base of channel dropoffs or on shallow gravel banks dropping off into deeper water, will take bass, perch, crappie, striper and catfish. Warmwater discharges are holding lots of active fish. These fish are suckers for Silver Buddies, small Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits, and white grubs. Species range from catfish to stripers, carp, bass and yellow perch. Most sewage treatment plant discharges and power plant cooling water discharges are warmer than the water into which they are dumped.
Largemouth bass may still be caught in 3-4 feet of water on Speed Shads and square billed crankbaits. A stop-and-go retrieve is working best.
Crappie are hovering around deep brushpiles. Vertical jigging minnows over the brushpiles will produce the better fish.
Striper fishing picked up, with most of the fish being taken downlake, trolling Cordell Redfins and free-lining live shad.