Fishing Report – June 12, 2014
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 662.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said there is not a lot of change on Bull Shoals from last week’s report. The mid-lake temperature remains in the mid-70s and with the cooler, cloudy weather the last few days; there is not much change in thermocline development. The fish continue to shift to their summer habits and haunts of remaining deeper during the day and moving shallow toward evening.
Walleye, white bass, spotted bass, largemouths, and smallies are all coming off deeper main lake structure. Concentrate your efforts along main lake bluffs, points, and bluffs with scattered timber near shallower points and flats. If you can plan your outing for fishing later in the evening and staying for a couple hours after dark, you will certainly up the odds of a good catch.
Crappie can be found over brush 25 to 40 feet deep as well as timber near points in the main lake and deeper creek arms.
Some bluegills are on beds in 6 to 8 feet of water, however, the larger bluegills remain scattered and hard to find.
Catfish are spawning and trotlines are doing well in creek arms; small bluegills are the best bait, however, some are doing well with stink bait, crawlers and even hot dogs.