Archive for Sunday, July 25, 2004

Area fishing report

July 25, 2004


CLINTON Lake (updated 7-21) -- Water 83 degrees and 1.8 feet below normal pool. Channel catfish good, at times excellent. Limits being reported from baited areas. Best baits include nightcrawlers, livers, shrimp and stink baits. Some fish being caught in outlet on nightcrawlers. Crappie fair using minnows and jigs at 12-20 feet around brush. Drum fair using worms in the outlet. Flathead catfish fair on set lines in Deer Creek arm using green sunfish. White bass good near surface chasing shad.

PERRY LAKE (updated 7-16) -- Water 81 degrees and 3.0 feet over normal pool. The Corps of Engineers is releasing some water so fishing in stilling basin will pick up. Channel catfish good. Spawn is over, and fish have moved back to feeders. Fish the creeks where the water is running in with worms or prepared baits. Also, shad beginning to appear at hog trough, so it's time to use drifting tactics. Sauger fair off rocky points on the west side by dam, with crankbaits or twisters. White bass fair off rocky points and jetty on twisters or shad-colored crankbaits. White crappie fair on tube jigs or minnows in 10-15 feet on the brushpiles.

DOUGLAS STATE LAKE (updated 7-21) -- Water 84 degrees and clear to two feet. Bluegill good near shore and biting readily on nightcrawlers, crickets, small jigs and flies. Carp fair on nightcrawlers, dough baits and fermented whole-kernel corn. Channel catfish fair using poultry liver, nightcrawlers and Bee Jay. Many 5-pounders taken recently. Crappie fair near shore in early morning and evening, mainly on minnows or jigs. Flathead catfish poor on goldfish or green sunfish.

LEAVENWORTH STATE LAKE (updated 7-21) -- Water clear. Bluegill and red-ear fair on worms and small minnows under bobber. Channel catfish good using shiners, stink baits, nightcrawlers and shad sides. Crappie fair using medium shiners and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on a variety of spinnerbaits, plastic baits, medium shiners and nightcrawlers. Walleye poor while drifting jigs and nightcrawlers or casting roostertails. Wiper fair chasing shad at the surface over aeration lines on spoons, jigs and small crankbaits.

LONE STAR LAKE (updated 7-21) -- Channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, cut bait, stinkbait and liver. Channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, cut bait, stinkbait and liver. Largemouth bass fair early in the morning and late in evening using top-water plugs. Red-ear and bluegill fair on worms under bobber around weeds.

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