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Fished both ends of the lake recently. Had to truck over and put in at Braitos Marina being that the public ramps are closed. The North end is quite muddy with less than a foot visibility and all the creeks coming into the lake are raging bank to bank with muddy water and debris. Water temps were 46* to 48* and the north end bite was tuff to say the least.
Fished North for a few hours without a single bite and came up with the following mathematical formula :
46* muddy water + Florida strain largemouth = 0 bites
The next day I fished south and the water clarity was much better although temps were about the same. I did a lot of scanning with my electronics and was able to graph a few fish far offshore and close to the bottom. Regrettably I had to get the fairy wand (spinning rod) out of the rod locker to catch a few on a shakey head. I had to just dead stick the bait on the bottom to get bit and the bites were very subtle and mushy. I did try some other lures and the reaction bite was non existent for me although I did catch a couple crappie on a vertical jigging spoon.
Other than being in the flood stage, the lake Is really healthy and in good shape. There are huge schools of threadfin shad everywhere and the bass are shaped like footballs. Once we hit and maintain 50* water temps, the bite should improve considerably especially the North end. To anyone going out fishing, be careful out there, I saw a bunch of widow makers and lower unit takers (trees) floating out there in the middle. Next week I am going to hit the North end again and going to try to get it dialed in. I will submit another report in about a week or so. If this rain doesn't stop soon, I'm going to start building an Ark out in my back yard.
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