Lake Eufaula Fishing Report May 2013
Eufaula: Level: 0.6 feet above full pool. Temp: 72 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain.
Bass: Good. “The fishing has stabilized a little more,” said tournament pro Randy Duncan. “There will be some spawners still on beds, but look for postspawn fish moving out of spawning coves. In the last couple of weeks, tournaments have been won on the lower end on shallow ledges and brushpiles. The majority of winning anglers have been throwing soft plastics,” Randy said. “The A-rig is still producing some quality bags, but since the majority of the fish have moved shallow, look for other options. I have been catching quite a few on Stanford Lures Patriot Shad crankbaits in shad colors. On the northern end of the lake, I have been doing well with topwater frogs, buzzbaits and magnum lizards and worms. I have been dying the tails in JJ’s Magic. Multi-day tournament anglers need to find some transitioning fish on shallow ledges. The shallow bite is good, but the deeper bite seems to be more consistent. I started seeing the shad spawn pick up, too. Find some grass or rip-rap. I like the south end. When you find spawning shad, throw spinnerbaits, Pop-Rs or buzzbaits. Another good choice is a Stanford Lures Turbo Shad. It hasn’t been catching the numbers, but it definitely produces the size. Find the baitfish, and you will find the bass. Look a little deeper as the day goes on. By the end of May, start fishing the summer haunts on deep ledges and main-lake points. Deep crankbaits and 3/4- to 1-oz. football-head jigs should do the trick, but don’t be afraid to finesse during the middle of the day,” Randy said. Capt. Sam Williams reports, “The bass are driving the fishermen crazy. They are deep one day and shallow the next. Watch the birds and the shad spawn. Follow their lead, and with the correct bait you will catch them. Try shallow early, and then look for the cover on the first drops later once the sun gets up. The bass are still responding to slow presentations in the absence of baitfish. Heavy spinners and jigs can be worked slowly. A deep-driving crankbait with an oversized lip can be rolled slowly and kept in the strike zone.”
Crappie: Good, according to Sam. “Trolling minnow-tipped jigs is working in the creeks near the tops of creek ledges. Chartreuse, black and pearl are good choices.”
Catfish: Good. “Catfish are staging to spawn and are really on fire,” Sam said. “Fishing in 2 to 10 feet of water is the trick. Cut bait is really doing well.”
Note: Please visit www.leekingbenefit.org and get registered for the June 8 benefit tournament. Also, consider pre-fishing for the Lee King event on June 1 and fish the Bass’n for Bernardo Benefit Tournament. Bernardo Solorio is a 15-year-old local boy with leukemia. Call (334) 355-5057 for details or applications.
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