This will be a busy weekend on the water. Please be safe and WEAR your PFD. Remember to drink plenty of WATER or fluids with electrolytes. Dehydration is never a good idea. Between sun and wind, fluids evaporate from your body. Sunscreen is your friend. If you don’t use it, then make sure you wear long sleeved clothing. Skin cancer is not a joke. It may not show up immediately, but it will show up eventually. It’s effects are cumulative and sometimes deadly.
Striper fishing has been excellent. Nutbush Creek from Buoy A-C and the main river channel between Buoy 2 and 7, have been producing nice catches, trolling white or yellow bucktails or Cordell Redfins. Live shad and jigging spoons are also taking fish.
Bass action is good, with early mornings being the best time. The fish are holding off main lake points and along the edge of the river channel. The bass are taking deep-diving crankbaits and plastic lizards.
Crappie fishing is good to excellent, on crappie jigs, small minnows and worms. Best results come from brushpiles in 8-15 feet of water and around bridge pilings, particularly the Route 58 Bridge.
Blue catfish are biting well on cut bream/shad, eel and jumbo shiners. Most are being found on channel breaks in 20-30 feet of water and are in the 20-60 pound range.