How does a FREE FISHING DAY sound to you? On Sept. 24, 2022 (tomorrow), residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.
TOMORROW is also National Hunting and Fishing Day! National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money, more than a billion dollars each year, they donate to wildlife conservation programs. Join us at one of the many FREE National Hunting and Fishing Day special events on Saturday, Sept. 24.
NEWS TO KNOW
- CoastFest: Mark your calendars for CoastFest 2022, which happens NEXT weekend on October 1st! CoastFest, in its 28th year, is the largest outreach event hosted by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This free, family-friendly event features educational programs, touch tanks, wildlife viewing opportunities, and exhibitors from partner agencies and nonprofit organizations. Check out the map of activities HERE.
This week, we have fishing reports from Southeast, North, Central and Southwest Georgia. Grab that friend that doesn’t yet have a fishing license and take them out on this Free Fishing Day to get them “hooked” and Go Fish Georgia!
(Fishing report courtesy of Bert Deener, Region Supervisor and fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
The dry weather has been nice this week. The rivers have started dropping back out, and the Altamaha system is in pretty good shape for this weekend.
River gages on September 22nd were:
- Clyo on the Savannah River – 3.5 feet and falling
- Abbeville on the Ocmulgee – 1.7 feet and falling
- Doctortown on the Altamaha – 5.4 feet and falling
- Waycross on the Satilla – 9.3 feet and falling (77 degrees)
- Atkinson on the Satilla – 9.9 feet and falling
- Macclenny on the St Marys – 9.4 feet and falling
The river is just getting in the banks again. You should be able to do pretty well for catfish and not have problems getting around in a motorboat this weekend. Panfishing will probably be slow, but you should take some bass tackle, as you will be able to catch some in the creek and slough mouths with the cooling water. Fling topwaters early and fish plastic worms and craws around heavy cover once the sun gets up.
The water is still high. I talked with an angler who fished this weekend and zeroed on the east side. The bite should pick up as the level falls this week. It fell just over an inch over the last week. Catfishing on the west side should be pretty good if you put shrimp or worms on the bottom. The latest water level (Folkston side) was 121.26 feet.
Surprisingly, I didn’t receive any reports from pond anglers. The bass should be moving shallow and feeding on baitfish, while some of the last waves of bluegill spawning should be happening. But, I just don’t have any details this week. Ponds are definitely worth trying now that the heat has broken some. Expect the crappie bite to pick up with the cooler morning temperatures forecasted over the next week.
DODGE COUNTY PUBLIC FISHING AREA (near Eastman, more info HERE)
The SEGKBF kayak club hosted a successful bass fishing tournament this Saturday. Lots of bass were caught. Daniel Woodcock caught the big bass of the tournament, a 22 1/4-incher, while flinging a black Texas-rigged stick worm.
OCMULGEE PUBLIC FISHING AREA (near Hawkinsville, more info HERE)
The trophy bass bite has slowed some, but a few were still caught this week. Nothing over 8 pounds was reported. Some bluegills were caught from the fishing piers (they have feeders on them).
PARADISE PUBLIC FISHING AREA (near Tifton, more info HERE) – The annual Outdoor Adventure/J.A.K.E.S. Day event will be held this Saturday (9/24) on National Hunting and Fishing Day. Different outdoors events will be held throughout the morning. For more information about this event and all WRD events, click HERE, then scroll to see events across the state.
SALTWATER (GA COAST)
The water was in decent shape this week, and reports were extremely variable, which is typical as the fish start moving from their summer to fall patterns. The worst report I had was from a very experienced angler who fished all around the St Simons area for big trout with topwaters and plugs and did not catch a fish on Wednesday. The best reports were from a couple of Brunswick anglers who fished the inland rivers several times for good catches of trout and redfish. Over the weekend, they pitched plastic shad imitations to current breaks and caught redfish that were right at the minimum size one after another. That day they had a few 15 to 16 inch trout with those same shad plastics in Brunswick. Early this week they fished around St. Simons with live bait and caught 8 redfish from just under legal size to 23 inches. That day they also had a 19-inch trout on artificials. On Tuesday they found a school of keeper trout and caught 15 of them on artificials. None that day were over 15 inches, but they were chewing. On the trips, the best colors of artificials were clear with chartreuse glitter, shad colors, and greenish colors. The forecasted cooler weather this weekend should get the trout chewing.
(Fishing report courtesy of John Damer, Fisheries Biologist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
Lake Chatuge Walleye and Bass Report: (From Fisheries Technician Kevin Thomas) — With the first official days of fall upon us, walleye and bass are suspended and on the move. Searching for bait in and around pockets on the main lake, from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds boat launch towards the dam and up Shooting Creek arm, can yield a mixed bag of healthy spotted bass and a handful of golden “Fall-eyes”. Successful patterns include trolling deep diving crankbaits such as No 9 and 11 Berkley Flicker Minnows, and Phantom Boogey BG-13s in chrome, purple, and silver. Speeds of 1.5 – 3mph have put fish in the boat. Fish seem to linger around 15-20 feet over 25-35 foot of water and cruise ledges and drop offs near the points.
Lake Allatoona Bass Report: (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, www.southernfishing.com) –Bass fishing is fair. Fish the slower techniques like the drop shot and a small swim bait targeting suspended fish of long points continues to be best. Use small baits to baits likes the tiny fluke and big bite 3.75 jerk minnow fished on 5lb Sunline fluorocarbon with a Gamakatsu drop shot hook. Use the Lowrance Sonar and sit over the fish with the 200 kHz frequency and you can spot the fish dead on the bottom. Drop baits like the small Keitech swim bait on a Picasso round ball swimbait head. Try also making long casts and counting it down to the depth the fish are holding and since there is little structure on the lake bottom just fish slowly. Sometimes he fish will hit at the bait several times before getting it. Be patient the south end of the lake is fishing the best.
Lake Allatoona Bass Report: (This report courtesy of Bearded Beast Fishing) — Bearded Beast Fishing has been giving some great detailed fishing reports and advice on YouTube. Check out the latest video HERE.
West Point Lake Bass Report: (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, www.southernfishing.com ) — Bass fishing is fair. Fish seem to be more scattered and scanning with the Lowrance Structure Scan technology can locate the fish fast. A few fish on are on top water lures like a Pop R and pearl Zoom Super Flukes. Expect to move a lot each day. There are some fish out deeper on the humps and main lake points around brush and timber but it’s a tough bite. Work the mid lake in the creeks and pockets and if the bait fish are close by the bass will be too. These spotted bass in the lake seem to be roaming more than usual. The fish are starting to school a little bit better, but a good bite is to look for the wolf pack fish up shallow on the flats. Throw walking baits or flukes when they come up. The road bed bite has been up and down. Keep the Pop R and small Zara Spooks ready on the locations as the fish can come up at any time. Find the bait and the fish are going to be close by. The better bite is down toward the dam that is where the bait is headed.
- Bass: Bass fishing is good, and they are on the creek and river channel ledges. Deep running crank baits and Carolina rigs are catching fish. Some Bass are being caught shallow in the grass.
- Crappie: Crappie fishing is Fair, and they are on deeper brush in 10-18 feet of water and can be caught spider rigging with minnows and Jiffy Jigs. Some crappie are still being caught shooting docks with jigs. Some fish are showing up on the river channel ledges in 12-15 feet of water. Striper fishing is good and they are in the lower Chattooga River, the Cave hole and Little Spring Creek. Live shad down-lined and free-lined is the way to catch these fish.
- Catfish: Catfish are biting in the bays and creeks in 8-15 feet of water, cut bait is working best.
Lake Hartwell Lineside Report: (From Fisheries Supervisor Anthony Rabern) — Gainesville staff collected oxygen/temperature profile data about ½-mile upstream of the dam at Lake Hartwell on Monday. We observed several boats fishing nearby just off the main river channel and saw a couple of anglers catching hybrids. Based on the profile data, the magic depth ranges from 55 to 59-ft. The water temperature at that depth range is tolerable for stripers and hybrids, and there is sufficient oxygen at that depth for them to survive. Fish any deeper and there is no oxygen. Fish any higher and the water temperature is a little too warm for their liking.
Lake Hartwell Bass Report: (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, www.southernfishing.com ) — Bass fishing is fair. The lower lake fish are shallow to mid depth and are starting to school in the creek mouths, as smaller pods of bait are starting to form. We have been catching fish on pearl white flukes worked fast over brush early. Use the deep running crank bait like the Strike King 6XD in chartreuse herring. When the bite slows, switch to a drop shot finesse worm in morning dawn red, a green pumpkin craw jig or the under spin in albino color. Focus on bridge pilings, the rocks on the bridges and points on the side the drops the sharpest. Back in the creeks use a Whopper Plopper next to shoreline cover in backs of pockets that offer a little deeper water and a good concentration of submerged grass. Make a few casts with the all-black buzz bait. The C-Map mapping can be used to highlight depth ranges anglers might otherwise miss.
Lake Lanier Bass Report: (This report courtesy of Phil Johnson, 770-366-8845 via www.southernfishing.com) — Bass fishing on Lake Lanier is improving. Before we get to fishing I want to give a quick update on the High Fishing Seminar last Saturday. With over one hundred in attendance the program went great with the kids leaving better fisherman than when they came in. A big thank you to Ken Sturdivant, Robert Williams, Chuck Thrasher, Jim Farmer, LJ Harmon, Jimmy Sanders and Nikki Diello for taking the time to work with these young people. Now let’s fish. The bite is beginning to pick up with the cooler nights and the rain that we have had. We are heading into the fun season on Lanier as the topwater bite is getting stronger by the day. A Slick Stick or a Sebile are working really well as the fish are beginning their topwater feeding for the fall. Try different retrieves with these baits to find out want the fish want for that day. One day it’s a fast retrieve and the next they want a pause in the retrieve. If there is a good wind the walking baits such as a Gunfish or a Sammy are drawing strikes. Again, with the wind a Whopper Plopper is a great choice to throw. To reach the schooling fish I am keeping a three eights ounce Spotchoker with a three-inch Kietech tied on ready on the deck. Either a steady retrieve or a pumping action has drawn the most strikes. The fish are scattered all over the lake but are on a moving pattern along with the shad to the creeks. Be prepared for them to school anywhere. As the shad pull back in the creeks the pockets and docks are becoming a good area to catch fish. A green pumpkin trick worm or a brown green and chartreuse jig will work well. Begin working the docks toward the mouth of the pocket and move back to find their location for the day. Things are starting to break loose and it is a great time to be on the lake so Go Catch ‘Em!
Lake Lanier Crappie Report: (This report courtesy of Captain Josh Thornton, 770-530-6493 via www.southernfishing.com) — Crappie fishing is fair. The water temperatures is 78 temperatures are dropping we have several cool nights coming that should help lower the water temperature even more. We are catching lots of fish but mostly 8 to 9 feet deep. Crappie are suspended 10 to 20 feet at most for the docks we are fishing. Docks with structure are producing well. If you are using jigs I would try bright colors in clear water and dark colors after the rain. I have had success with white with red flake and bluegrass this week. I am setting minnows 10 to 12 feet deep most of the time. Crappie love the shade so cast into the shadows or shaded areas of dock. When dock shooting the biggest fish are usually the first to bite. I use ATX lure companies jigs on a lip thrashin lure jigheads. I use 5-pound test high visibility yellow k9 braid for my line unless I am using a bobber then it’s the k9 6 pound high vis line k9fishing.com and a Acc crappie Stix.
Lanier Striper Report (Report courtesy of Buck Cannon, 404-510-1778) — Lanier stripers are still hard to locate and catch and the best method is the trolling umbrella rigs and lead core. Look for points and bends over the channel. Using your electronics locate and troll over fish multiple times to get a bite. That should get some attention from the fish. Once you locate a school try jigging a spoon or chipmunk into the schools. Down lines are still working if you can keep the bait healthy so change often and try different live baits. Remember to wear your life jackets.
SMALL LAKE REPORT
Rocky Mountain PFA Bass Report: (From Fisheries Biologist Jackson Sibley) — Summertime bass fishing is still holding strong at Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area. Anglers are reporting a consistent morning bite using slow presentations of jigs, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Like most times of the year at Rocky, fishing offshore structure can yield the best results. For the next several weeks, however, the thermocline will keep largemouth in shallow water, and anglers should focus their attention to areas that are 10’ deep or less.
Fun Event at Sloppy Floyd State Park: (From Fisheries Technician Sam Capone) — James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park will host a Kids Fishing Event this Saturday in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. To add a little extra excitement to the event, Fisheries staff from the Armuchee office stocked more than 1,500 catchable-sized channel catfish in the Upper Lake, of which 50 were marked with a small red tag. Kids who are lucky enough to land one of these tagged fish can turn in the tag and pick out a prize! Many thanks to Cordele Hatchery staff for providing some really nice fish for the event, and to Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park for donating the prizes.
Buford Dam Bucket Brigade: In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, there will be a kid’s (trout) fishing event below Buford Dam on September 24 at 9:00 AM. Event and parking will be at Lower Pool West. Registration starts at 8:00 AM. Kids and their families are encouraged to bring five-gallon buckets and help WRD stock rainbow trout in the Chattahoochee River! After the stocking, kids can fish the remainder of the event and enjoy several other activities hosted by local vendors and event sponsors. Bait will be provided, but please bring rods if you have them. We hope to see you bright and early tomorrow morning! NOTE: Life Jackets are required to participate.
Hartwell Tailwater Report: (From Fisheries Supervisor Anthony Rabern) — Fisheries staff visited the fishing pier on the Savannah River below Hartwell Dam this week and found anglers having some good luck. As soon as the warning siren blasted to signal generation, two anglers started casting bucktail jigs. After just a few casts, we saw a big striper swirl behind a white jig. Closer to the dam, another angler hooked up using a chartreuse bucktail. After a scrappy battle in the heavy current, he landed a striped bass that weighed around 12 lb. Stripers move in close to the dam during generation in hopes of snagging blueback herring that are sucked through the dam.
Next Year’s Crop: (From Summerville Hatchery Manager Josh Tannehill) — Summerville Trout Hatchery received 220,000 rainbow trout eggs from Ennis, Montana this week. After being disinfected, these eggs were loaded into McDonald-style hatching jars. These jars allow the eggs to be rotated gently by water flow as they incubate, which keeps them clean and well-oxygenated. These are “eyed” eggs, and if you look carefully in the pictures, you might be able to see the small black eye of the baby trout inside. In a few days to a week, the eggs will start hatching. This is the first egg shipment for this rearing season at Summerville, and these fish will become part of the crop to be stocked into northwest Georgia streams next stocking season.
Blue Ridge Area Trout Report: (This report courtesy of Tad Murdock, Georgia Wild Trout ) — The lower elevation sections of the Upper Toccoa, Boardtown, Hemptown, and Fightingtown are still a touch on the warm side. The higher elevation streams are surprisingly cool considering the low water. Rock Creek, Toccoa River Tailwater, and Coopers Creek will continue being stocked and are fishing well throughout the month. The wild trout streams of the upper Toccoa have seen the best bite around Blue Ridge. Dry Flies will continue to be staples until the water levels begin to rise again. Look for the seasonal migrations to begin towards the end of the month. They will typically correspond with a heavier and cooler rain.
Stocked Streams Report: (From Trout Stocking Coordinator John Lee Thomson) — To celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day the Wildlife Resource Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be stocking trout in select streams across North Georgia. Saturday September 24 is a free fishing day, and a license and trout stamp are not required for Georgia residents. Take advantage of this opportunity for some fresh stockers and better yet take a kid fishing with you. Look HERE for the latest stocking report to find out where the stocking trucks have been. Good luck and Go Fish Georgia!
Trout Plus Some: Check out Unicoi Outfitter’s regular “trout and more” fishing reports HERE.
Help Your Local Trout Fisheries: Want to do more to support trout fishing in Georgia? Consider upgrading to a Trout Unlimited license plate this year. Aside from being a great looking tag, each purchase or renewal of a Trout Unlimited license plate directly supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. Hatcheries and wild trout efforts both benefit from the trout tag.
(Fishing report courtesy of Steve Schleiger, Region Supervisor and fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
Reservoir Fishing Reports Courtesy of Southern Fishing with Ken Sturdivant.
LAKE RUSSELL IS DOWN 0.7 FEET, 80’S
Bass fishing is fair. If the winds pick up this just might stir up some good fishing. Stay out in the main lake and concentrate on fishing in no less than ten feet of water and go down as deep as twenty-five feet. A few anglers are using the smaller versions of the Alabama rig with small Fluke pearl trailers. A lot of good bass are either suspended or holding to some type of structure in these depths. Deep diving crank baits and Rapala DT14 will reach the fish with ease on a long cast and light line. A slow stop and go retrieve will be necessary once the Rapala DT14 reaches its depth. Also, don’t forget about those Carolina rigs and Shakey Head worms in and around all submerged structure.
CLARKS HILL IS DOWN 3.0 FEET, 80’S
Bass fishing is fair. Early use a Whopper Plopper in black as well as an all-black buzz bait. A Texas rigged Zoom U tale worm fished in brush piles or on long rock points will work but fish slowly. Work the baits slowly and be a line watcher. Carolina rigged worms, fishing the deeper end of long points or under water islands, will also work for a few bites. Using a good dipping dye like JJ Magic will help. Use 12-pound test as the main line with an 18 to 24-inch leader line of 10-pound test on the Carolina rig. Working the bait from all sides of the points will find the fish that are holding tight on the bottom. A drop shot rig is also catching a few fish in brush. Make sure when you feel the brush to slow down and let your bait stay in the strike zone if possible. The C-Map mapping can be used to highlight depth ranges anglers might otherwise miss.
LAKE OCONEE IS FULL 80’S (This Lake Oconee Fishing Report is By Captain Mark Smith, ReelTime Guide Service) — The temperature is 82-84. The Lake is clear from 44 bridge to the dam. Above Hwy. 44 light stain.
- Bass: Bass fishing is fair. The fish are still holding in their summer locations. Deep diving crank baits fished off the lower lake humps will produce. When Georgia Power is pumping out (most afternoons) main lake points are the best.
- Striped Bass: Striper fishing is fair. Most mornings you can find fish chasing bait on top. Mini Macs trolled around these fish will produce a lot of fish in a short time. Also cast a 1/4 oz. or 3/8 oz. buck tail jig in white and hang on. This is a great bite, but it only lasts about an hr. Then it he fishing gets tough.
- Crappie: Crappie fishing is good. The crappie are in the trees about 10 to 15 feet deep. Drop live minnows down and start catching.
LAKE SINCLAIR IS DOWN 1.6, FEET 80’S
Bass fishing is good. Fish can be caught anywhere from main lake sea walls and points all the way back to the back ends of creeks and pockets. Bigger fish seem to be relating to bream around grass beds and in short pockets off the main river. These quality fish can be caught on a Shad Rap and a Bandit and the best colors are shad and pearl. A square bill crank bait and a Buckeye Mop Jig will also catch some quality fish in these same areas. Shad have been the key and the bass are close by. Use your Lowrance electronics to find these concentrations of shad. Numbers of fish can be found following the shad around the points and flats at the mouths of the creeks. A small Lucky Craft Sammy and a Zoom Super Fluke in shad patterns will catch these fish that are following the shad. Small shad-colored crank baits and small Alabama rigs thrown across these main creek points will also produce a good many bites. The clearer water down lake seems to be best for numbers of fish and fishing that early fall pattern. The stained water from mid lake up both rivers has been best for quality bites.
LAKE JACKSON IS DOWN 1.0 FEET 80’S
Bass fishing is fair. Top water will target shallow fish in the early morning. Fish the deeper main lake seawalls. If they are not jumping on the top water baits, follow up with a jig on all the cover in the area. They are likely holding on relatively shallow cover but looking for a different bait. Also look for fish feeding on open water shad during the early morning and in overcast conditions. Expect to find a mix of stripes, spots, and largemouth. Fish shallow on rocky points very early and late in the day. Fish can also be found in the main lake blowdowns without fishing particularly deep. Other than that, few quality fish seem to be available in shallow water. While the fishing can be hit and miss, quality fish are being caught out to 15′ and deeper. When you find them on deep structure, you may have a group of fish. Fishing for reaction strikes with the crank bait can be a good strategy. Use shad raps to take fish from 5 to 8 foot of water. Throw 15’+ diving baits to search for deeper fish. Jigs work well for catching fish in all depth ranges, particularly on wood and other structure targets. Try large worms like the Ole Monster, as well as shaky head rigs with Trick worms. Most of your best fishing is on the main lake. Work the points, humps, blowdowns, brush, docks, and rocks. Drop shot rigs are particularly productive this time of year. Use the rig to present Finesse worms and Trick worms to fish passing directly under your sonar and well above the bottom. Also use the rig on short casts to deep fish holding on bottom.
(Fishing report courtesy of Emilia Omerberg, fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
Water temperatures are coming down and are averaging 84 degrees but will probably jump back up a bit as this week was quite warm. Shad are still hot out there. Look for action on the water surface such as birds. This is a major sign that prey fish are under the surface. If you see bird signs, fish are there! The top water bite is there but so are lots of other options. The jerk bait and crank bait route are also sure to land you a fish. Shad colors are absolutely where its at.
Catfishing is really good on Seminole right now. A recent winning bag for a nighttime catfish tournament was 89 lb! So, get out there and give it a shot. Cut bait is the way to target these guys. For blues suspend your bait in the water column and for those flatheads target the bottom of the lake. Drifting the channel is a good way for find where the action is.
As the waters cool with the air temps the crappie bite will start to pick up. The last few weeks lake Blackshear played host to a mayfly hatch. Get out there and try your crappie luck with crickets and worms or head over to flint river outdoors to try the locally made sugar bug crappie jigs. The channel catfish bite is also good right now and you will probably catch one on accident when you are targeting crappie! Try cut bait or chicken breasts soaked in Jell-O for another local favorite trick.
BIG LAZER PUBLIC FISHING AREA (More Info HERE)
In general, the hot summer weather will eventually be replaced by cooler nights during September and October. The cooling water temperatures cause the fish to increase their feeding before the winter months. Therefore, now is an excellent time to grab the family and head outdoors for some fall fishing at Big Lazer PFA. Hybrid bass have been stocked in the lake recently and should provide an exciting catch!
- Bass: Bass fishing has been slow because of the very hot temperatures. However, fall weather is getting closer. When the cooler fall weather finally arrives, bass feeding will increase before they head into the winter. Anglers should try shad look alike baits at several depths. Also, plastic-worms and crankbaits fished just off the channels in the upper end have always produced good bites.
- Crappie: A few crappies are being caught but they are difficult to locate and target. For Crappie, try fishing deep around standing timber with live minnows or try bright colored jigs fished at several depths.
- Bream: Bream fishing is good and will continue improving as cooler water temperatures arrive. Target shallower areas with woody brush associated with it. Crickets and worms are excellent live bait for bream. Also, small grub like plastic jigs of various colors can work well anytime of the year. Fishing with light tackle can make bream fishing more exciting. However, make sure the hooks are small because bream tend to have small mouths.
- Catfish: The rocks along the dam are always a good spot to try and catch big channel cats. However, catfish are also located throughout much of the lake. Some catfish are being caught on cut bait, worms, livers, and shrimp. Try fishing both on the bottom as well as suspended higher up in the water column. The next KFE will take place September 24 (8 – 11 am) on National Hunting and Fishing Day (More Info and List of Statewide Events Here)!
LAKE WALTER F GEORGE
Bass fishing is on fire on Walter F George right now. Lake Eufaula Fishing Guide Clayton Batts says that these are some of the best fishing days of the year. He suggests targeting schooling bass on the ledges using crank baits, drop shots and Texas or Carolina rigs. Some top water action can be found on the northern part of the lake with frogs, but this way of fishing is less effective on the southern end of the lake. As the temperatures drop off schools will start to break up and the fish will move a bit shallower. You can also target hybrid striped bass which can be really run to catch on a light rod for a good fight. Either way get out there and give it a go. There is a mayfly hatch going on right now so the nighttime bream fishing is good as well. Be careful on the boat as water depths vary a lot on this lake and there can be submerged obstacles.