Seasons

Fishing Seasonkylakefishing3al Activity

Largemouth Bass

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Late spring spawners. Fish concentrate in timber and brush in May, June & July.
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish concentrate on drop-offs and creek channels during midday. Some action can be found in shallows early and late.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish return to shallow structure as well as chasing the abundant schools of bait fish on main lake, especially near points.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish move back to drop-offs, but a few mild days may bring them back to shallows to feed.


Smallmouth Bass

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Same as Largemouth. Spawn is around March. Can be found around deeper banks and rock banks.
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish concentrate on drop-offs and creek channels during midday. Some action can be found in shallows early and late.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish stay deeper than Largemouth, prefer deep rock banks.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.
Same as fall pattern.


Crappie (Black or White)

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Early spring spawners. March and April best months. Look in shallow drop-offs and near shore where cover is available.
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish move to deep drop-offs on main creek and river channels.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish return to same structure they use in spring.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish hold on creek channels near mouth of bays feeding most actively following 2-3 days of mild weather.


Bluegill

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Late spring spawners. Fish concentrate in timber and brush in May, June & July.
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Some fish continue to spaw3n into June. Fish are present near almost every tree and dock. The bigger ones are deeper.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish continue to be caught near shore and docks.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish sometimes remain on fall patterns in December but become sluggish in January and February.


White Bass

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Late spring spawners. Run back in major creeks and rivers.
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Look for large schools chasing shad and minnows on surface of main lake. Try trolling deep dive lures or jigging slab spoons along edges of main river channels.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Difficult to locate at times, but still in large schools. Some surface activity in early fall. Tend to frequent deep flats in later fall.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.
Some fish are located on deep main lake points in early and mid-winter. They move in mud flats in late winter if the weather is mild.


Rockfish “Striper”

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fish concentrate in swift water below dams. Use live bait caught below dam – jigs or rapala type lures.
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Same as Spring. Best live bait is Herring or try trolling very deep diving lures.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Rockfish are more active this time of year. Switch to large bait, 6″ – 10″ shad (live). Also look for surfacing fish.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.
Activity slows as water temperature falls. Use smaller baits.


Catfish

Spring
72 degrees Avg. Temp.
Late spring spawners. Fish begin moving to shallow mud banks (April) then to rocky shoreline to spawn (May-June).
Summer
87 degrees Avg. Temp.
Fishing is best on main lake river channels, especially near sharp bends of the channel.
Fall
62 degrees Avg. Temp.
Feeding activity falls with water temperature.
Winter
32 degrees Avg. Temp.