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Freshwater Fishing Follows Saltwater Vacation

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August 7, 2011 by wcobserver

Sorry I missed you last week , my family and I took a trip to Gulf Shores for some R & R; however we did get some deep sea fishing done. We were about 30 miles out, fishing on a shelf where a shipwreck was, at about 200 feet deep. We managed to catch half a dozen red snapper up to 13 pounds. It was one of the roughest snapper trips we have taken, with four foot swells hitting the side of the boat. The baits of choice were Spanish Sardines and squid.

We went out to Beaver Lake Sunday night and Monday morning. The offshore structure bite remains good for both numbers and size. The thermocline is setting up at about 30 feet right now, a few more fish are suspending, and they aren’t eating on almost every spot like they were in most of May and June. You’ll have to do a lot of graphing and hunting to find the key spots out deep. Once you find them, it is normally a very large school and you can work on them for a couple hours.

Points, humps, and bridges, in 20-30 foot have been best. Shallower channel bends near the creeks have been fair with bass in 5-12 feet. Drop shots, Texas rigged, and Carolina rigged are all working using 8-10 inch worms. Ring fries and baby ring fries are also working well. Watermelon, red shad, and green pumpkins have all worked at times. Deep diving cranks such as the dd 22’s have also worked sporadically, but the worm rigs have been most consistent.

There is a consistent top water bite until 9 or 9:30 a.m. A dead giveaway for good top water fishing is a lot of shad activity, and breaking fish.

Cat fishing has been a little slower on the small lake in the area. Bluegill have been hitting well on crickets and night crawlers. Crappies are deep on bridges and wood with jigs. If you’re lucky enough to fish any of the Bella Vista lakes, Lake Windsor and Locklohoma are excellent at night for bass on buzz baits and spinner baits.

Please wear your lifejackets, even though it’s hot — they can save your life. Remember “CPR”: catch, picture, and release.

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