Lake Eufaula Fishing Report – February 2023
Eufaula: Level: 0.7 feet above 188. Temp: 52 degrees. Clarity: Heavy stain.
Bass: Capt. Sam Williams reports, “This extreme cold weather that we have experienced since the last week of December has cooled the river lower than we have seen in a while. The cool water has driven the fish deeper late in the day and at night. They will come shallow to feed around rip-rap and rock formations as the sun rises because these areas will hold heat and draw baitfish. The heavy rains up north have sent muddy water downstream. This will exhaust the oxygen and also drive the fish deeper to find cleaner water and oxygen. Where you find any grass or vegetation cover on the shorelines, that will help filter out the dirty water, and the fish will locate there, as well. The bass are hitting deeper crankbaits, spoons with a trailer and Carolina-rigged big worms. Red-colored soft baits work well in the dirty water. The cold water has these fish lethargic, so you must aggravate them into a strike. They are still tending to run at the boat with your bait. Keep tension in your line and get in a solid hook-set. If you crank down on them too hard, they feel the tug and drop the lure. If you see any type of topwater action, bait movement, etc., a topwater popper has been working. Spooks are a great choice.”
Multiple Species: Capt. Sam Williams reports, “Crappie have stayed deep and are eating minnows in the trashpiles in 18 to 24 feet on the drops. Catfish are doing well on jugs in the creeks baited with cutbait. The muddy water is a benefit for these fishermen as the smell carries farther in the dense water columns. Some nice ones are coming in, and they make one of the best meals you will ever eat out of the Chattahoochee River. Bluegill are always eating worms and crickets along the shorelines where you locate grasslines or blowdowns. With the wind blowing, it is nice to locate an area in one of our many creeks. A good picnic lunch and a boat full of kids makes for a great day in God’s great outdoors, and the memories will last for generations.”
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