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September 6, 2006 Stockton Lake Fishing Report

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September 6, 2006 Stockton Lake Fishing Report

From walleye and bass to blue gill and crappie, the fishing on Stockton Lake has really picked up since the last good rains.

Walleye are being caught above the 215 bridge on jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head or piece of night crawler. Find the fish on your electronics (which shouldn't be hard) and jig the spoon at their depth. Troll cranks (deep divers) across the points near the dam and you should catch fish. Most are sublegal (15"), but if you can fish at all you should catch some bigger fish (2-4 pounds).

Bass, bass everywhere. Turkey creek timber holds good fish (3-5 lbs). Plastic worms and deep diving crank baits will do fine. Mid-section lake bluffs are also showing action. Drag a spinner bait parallel to the bluff or a deep diving crank bait. Browns with orange seem to be the best colors. Top water action is concentrated in the secondary coves early and late; the best coves will have brush. Use Buzz Baits or Zara Spooks.

Crappie: the bigger (legal) fish will be caught on deep brush piles (15-25 feet). Anchor your boat about a half cast away from the brush and use a slip bobber with medium sized minnows. This week provides a good moon phase, so don't overlook night fishing in these same areas.

White bass are being caught while trolling small cranks or in-line spinners. The bluffs in the State Park area are producing good numbers of fish, however good white bass can be had anywhere on Stockton Lake.

Shore fishermen can take their kids to the boat ramp of Greaser Creek and catch top water bass in the late afternoon and a load of channel cats after dark.

Marty Thompson



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