Lake Eufaula Fishing Report July 2015
Eufaula: Level: 2.5 feet below 190 full pool. Temp: Upper 80s. Clarity: Light stain.
Bass: Guide Sam Williams reports, “The lake level continues to drop and fluctuate from day to day. The pads are now open and holding good baitfish, so the bass are there. Bass are slow to bite. You need to be patient, and work an area out good with various baits before you leave them. The baitfish will usually start to get active when the sun gets up. You may find action deep in the cover. Throw a spinnerbait or buzzbait back in the cover. If they have not hit it by the time you get to the outside, let it drop, and work it slowly to the boat. Deep-cover bass are staging off the brushpiles with all the tournament action on the structure. Locate the fish on your scanner, and work that distance from the pile. A heavy jig with a swimbait trailer will do the trick. If they miss the jig, try a Carolina-rigged crankbait in the size of the baitfish in the area. It must be worked very slow.” Guide and tournament pro Les Bratcher reports, “The typical summertime patterns are beginning to take hold here at Eufaula. There are a few fish being caught early on topwater in various ways, but the bite fades as the sun gets higher in the morning. Try frogs and poppers around the grass, rocks and pads for some action. The deep-structure bite is the ticket right now. Anglers report catching fish on the ledges with plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits. The bite is much better when the current is running. Check with the dam to get the generation schedule, and target those times for some good action. Keep casting until next time.”
Bream: Sam reports, “The shellcrackers are in the flats on the beds. Worms are the trick for them. Bluegills are near the bank cover and overhangs. Crickets work best.”
Catfish: Guide Sam Williams reports, “Catfish are doing great on jugs baited with cut bait. Mornings are bringing some really big cats heavier than 20 pounds. The weather is really hot after the sun gets up. Be sure and keep plenty of sunscreen and water. Enjoy God’s outdoors on the river with your family. The fishing is real good now, and you can get a good mess of any species for a fantastic meal.”
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