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5 hours ago, Lvn2Fish said:

Late April you should have no problem catching fish anywhere on the the lake . The last year bull has fished amazing all year long . You should hit it when they are really on the feed . Should be a lot of fish spawning too ! There are plenty of places to dump the old boat in when the water is 20 ft+ . 

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I'm trying to gather enough info to pass along to the club members so they "all" have a good experience on the lake. It's our 1st venture this far out, since Ky Lake has gone dry. We have a mix of fishing styles in the group. 2 or 3 like topwater and power fishing, 5 or 6 are finesse prone with wacky, shakey and Nedrigs in their arsenal as well as jigs & carolina rigging  and 1 or 2 fish crankbaits or spinnerbaits. The biggest issue will be finding enough "Off color" water for at least half the guys. We fished Table Rock for 5 years out of Aunts Creek in late March and the clear water finally was too much for them. Our last Tournament there we had 10 boats, and 3 fish after 2 days. (I caught 2 of those 3 and had to run 25 miles up the James to get them). They won't go back, I'm hopeful that the smallmouth population down by Howard, Jimmy and Sisters Creek will work for the jig and finesse guys. Top water or jerkbaits will probably work OK. Key will be water temp I'm sure and are the fish in  prespawn, spawn or post spawn?  Only time will tell on that. Still trying to learn more about the areas down by the dam since most guys will want to fish within 5-8 miles of takeoff (Boondocks Resort in Howard Creek)

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There's 43 pages of information on upper bull, 31 on lower bull. If it's your first time there,I'd read all of them. You might find some  very good fishing answers and such already posted. 

Not only Asian carp, but  other factors too: 1. 200+ bass boat tournaments that last 4 days without cutting down the field and having at least 1 of those a month from March thru June for the last

That was some good advice about the 43 pages of info. I started thru it but not being familiar with the lake, it'll take me some time to find the areas mentioned. Today I have no idea where Lead Hill

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I'm pinning this topic - great info - thank you guys for giving it up.

Buster Loving cut his teeth on upper BS.  If you want a guide to show you some of the ropes, he'd be a good investment.  Phil Stone is another one - good walleye and crappie guide.

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19 hours ago, Rwh46 said:

Thanks for help

I'm trying to gather enough info to pass along to the club members so they "all" have a good experience on the lake. It's our 1st venture this far out, since Ky Lake has gone dry. We have a mix of fishing styles in the group. 2 or 3 like topwater and power fishing, 5 or 6 are finesse prone with wacky, shakey and Nedrigs in their arsenal as well as jigs & carolina rigging  and 1 or 2 fish crankbaits or spinnerbaits. The biggest issue will be finding enough "Off color" water for at least half the guys. We fished Table Rock for 5 years out of Aunts Creek in late March and the clear water finally was too much for them. Our last Tournament there we had 10 boats, and 3 fish after 2 days. (I caught 2 of those 3 and had to run 25 miles up the James to get them). They won't go back, I'm hopeful that the smallmouth population down by Howard, Jimmy and Sisters Creek will work for the jig and finesse guys. Top water or jerkbaits will probably work OK. Key will be water temp I'm sure and are the fish in  prespawn, spawn or post spawn?  Only time will tell on that. Still trying to learn more about the areas down by the dam since most guys will want to fish within 5-8 miles of takeoff (Boondocks Resort in Howard Creek)

I’m no bull shoals expert but , if you throw a senko around you should have zero issues catching fish . Finding dirty water will be tough . But you really won’t need to find dirty water that time of year . If I was going to fish a derby that time of year I would have the top water on , finesse baits , and also a football jig . Those three presentations will load the boat . Last year I fished a derby close to the same date . I believe we caught 25 keepers on the football jig just fishing the old bank line since the lake was high . Also caught fish on a hollow body frog. Basically we caught fish deep shallow and everywhere in between. That same day I was looking at something on the bottom in 25 feet of water . Turned out to be the yellow lines of a parking lot . That should give you a clue of how clear the water will most likely be . The spawn will be in full swing , but bull has so many fish it will take a month to all spawn . The lake is massive and you can easily get overwhelmed. Good news is that there are about 1,000 small pockets within 8 miles of the dam area . Work then from back to front , figure out where they are wanting to be and duplicate . Writing this all has me wishing for late April on Bull now ! You guys will have a blast. And someone will come away with a big smallmouth story no doubt ! 

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5 hours ago, Lvn2Fish said:

I’m no bull shoals expert but , if you throw a senko around you should have zero issues catching fish . Finding dirty water will be tough . But you really won’t need to find dirty water that time of year . If I was going to fish a derby that time of year I would have the top water on , finesse baits , and also a football jig . Those three presentations will load the boat . Last year I fished a derby close to the same date . I believe we caught 25 keepers on the football jig just fishing the old bank line since the lake was high . Also caught fish on a hollow body frog. Basically we caught fish deep shallow and everywhere in between. That same day I was looking at something on the bottom in 25 feet of water . Turned out to be the yellow lines of a parking lot . That should give you a clue of how clear the water will most likely be . The spawn will be in full swing , but bull has so many fish it will take a month to all spawn . The lake is massive and you can easily get overwhelmed. Good news is that there are about 1,000 small pockets within 8 miles of the dam area . Work then from back to front , figure out where they are wanting to be and duplicate . Writing this all has me wishing for late April on Bull now ! You guys will have a blast. And someone will come away with a big smallmouth story no doubt ! 

Hey, that's encouraging info, thanks. I have heard from other people and other reports that the fish on Bull Shoals like "small pockets" "bluff cuts" etc.. To me that means little niches or cuts in a bank that are 1 or 2 boat lengths deep rather than a pocket 50-100 yds long and they can be on either main lake or in the creek arms. Have i got that right?

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5 minutes ago, Rwh46 said:

Hey, that's encouraging info, thanks. I have heard from other people and other reports that the fish on Bull Shoals like "small pockets" "bluff cuts" etc.. To me that means little niches or cuts in a bank that are 1 or 2 boat lengths deep rather than a pocket 50-100 yds long and they can be on either main lake or in the creek arms. Have i got that right?

I’m calling a small pocket a few hundred yards in size . You will want something protected from the north wind usually 

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22 hours ago, Lvn2Fish said:

I’m calling a small pocket a few hundred yards in size . You will want something protected from the north wind usually 

Thanks, that time of the year protection from North Wind is a good plan, even though "the wind is your friend"

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