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Anyone have any luck today?

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I fished from Joe Bald to Perkins Hollow and then ran up to the Kimberling area for a little bit with no luck at all. I had high hopes of a decent stickbait bite but found nothing that wanted to hit my rogue. I fished for a few deep boys and had no luck as well. I graphed lots of shad between 40 and 60 feet in the mouth of two coves but none were being chased much from what I found, they were all pretty spread out. Did anyone tear them up today? I am sure someone had to.

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Fished from 2:30 to 5:30 around Eagle Rock, caught one 3 pounder on a rougue and that was it, no deep bite, but I'm not very astute in finding deep fish. Water temp. was 41.5 on main lake and 38 in Leatherwood. Tried to make it up to Beaver Town for a walleye, but scared myself when I went from 34 feet of water to 4 feet, so I turned around and went back down.

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Freak, I think SK might have gone, he was talkin the talk to me on Friday afternoon.

Fisherman, don't let a little shallow water stop ya. AS soon as you round the last bend past Holiday Island, hang to your right, as the flat on the Holliday Island Side goes about 3/4 of the way across the lake in that location. You can stay on that bank or move to the middle of the channel, when the old Railroad bridge comes into sight. Then just basiclly stay in the middle.

You just caught the edge of that flat. It is amazing how far it comes out. Where it dumps into the channel on the flat side is a good place to troll for the eye's. Watch for locals as they are sure to be out.

They are still catching them but it is a very defined fishery. 1 hr. before sunrise to about 7 am and then 1 hr before sunset till a hour or so after dark.

My buddy that lives at bevertown says zip during the day. He fished yesterday, and had 1 short eye, and 1, 3 lb. Largemouth, trolling the flat in front of the swim beach, and the beavertown hotel.

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Fished a bit this weekend and today on the upper White and Kings, Caught some decent fish on a jig in the Kings, and a few stickbait fish on the White. Nothing spectacular, but nice healthy fish with great color and fat bellies, all LM. Water temp 42-44, kind of dingy everywhere and not as clear around Big M, I would have thought this would have been the clearest water but was the dingiest.

Jig fish on obvious wood and shore junk. Stickbait fish recently hitting at 8-15 feet and I will say I had some nice follows and nips beside the boat. Today I would have rather caught the fish I saw than the fish I caught, and I am convinced there are enough there to fish but wind made it hard to leave it in their face very long. I am pretty sure I could have boated some more fish today but the wind kept me off 2/3 of the places I wanted to hit and I just sucked it up and fished wherever I could halfway hold the boat. Caught just enough fish to keep me thinking I would figger them out or stumble across a big ol' dumb one but it was just consistantly mediocre.

I know there are other presentations such as cranks that will work. Also fishing the jig out to deeper depths (as deep as you care to go) should produce but personally I will not deep structure or shad fish much from here on out unless it is flat calm or the water gets even colder.

One thing I keep on deck now is a spinnerbait. Laugh if you will but a 3/8 oz spinnerbait with a single colorado blade has caught big fish of the day for me more than once in water into the 30's. This is the only time of year I throw a colorado blade, (except night-time of course, then always) Got to have a chop on the water. Throw it to the same wood, rock and junk you would flip a jig on and drop it right on their head. Throw it into crap with 3-6' of water underneath where you are sure you will get hung up and hang on. Don't worry about casting quietly past and trying to flutter it down on them, thats deep water cedar tree stuff. Throw it in their face and hope instinct takes over.

We have some awesome weather moving in and there will be plenty of strings stretched in the next week. Bad weather can shut things down in hours if not minutes anytime of the year. On the upswing it takes a little longer but you can go from Zero to Hero in 24-48 hours you just gotta get out there and prove it to yourself.

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Fished Sunday in a small Benifit Tourney, It was out of Ahoy's in Kimberling. We didn't do good at all an that was a common occurance among others. Fishing was awful for everybody. Winners weighed in a limit but im not sure wear and how. We saw Lots of shad as well in the 40-60 foot range as well, with fish under them. Couldnt get any takers.

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