Lake Eufaula Fishing Report – August 2007
Level: 3.8 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid to upper 80s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Fair. Guide Billy Darby said the fish are biting, but you have to do a little looking to find them. “If you can find the ledges that are holding fish, you can crank the ledges in the middle of the day and fish the grass early in the morning,” Billy said. “People have been winning tournaments with 20 to 25 pounds of fish.” Early in the morning there is a good bite in grass or lily pads near the creek channels or the main-river channel. “If you don’t have deeper water nearby, you can forget about it,” Billy said. He suggested swimming a 1/4 oz. jig through the grass or lily pads, but he also said a Yum Dinger fished weightless will produce some fish. “If conditions are right; if there’s not any wind, fish just as slow as you can with those Yum Dingers,” he said. For colors, Billy suggested either a shad imitation or green pumpkin. He said he personally likes a Yum Dinger color that has a green-pumpkin back and shad-colored bottom with silver flake. When the morning grass bite ends, move out onto the ledges and crank for pockets of fish holding in about 20 feet of water. Billy suggested using a Mann’s 20+ off the ledges.
Linesides: Slow. The linesides are scattered and not stacked up like they should be, Billy said. “They’ll show up one morning in one place and another place the next morning,” Billy said. He said the only way he’s been able to find fish is to troll bars and road beds. They will be scattered on the breaklines where the water drops from about 14 feet down to about 20 feet. Billy likes to troll a Mann’s 10+ Stretch grey ghost in color.
Crappie: Good. Billy said the crappie are biting well on the north end of the lake at Cowikee Creek. They are hanging in about 20 feet of water off the ledges and people are catching them dropping jigs and pumping them up and down in structure. Any chartreuse jig or chartreuse-combination jig is producing. Billy said hair-tail jigs and curly-tail jigs are working equally well. He also said minnows should do the trick.
Bream: Great. The bream fishing is the deal on Eufaula right now. Billy said there are boats stacked up on 10- to 12-foot high spots on old road beds that drop down to hard bottoms in 25 feet of water. They are catching eating-sized bream and catfish fishing worms or crickets with bobbers. Billy said almost every boat will have a fish on any time you look.
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