Lake Eufaula Fishing Report May 2017

GON Staff | April 26, 2017

Eufaula: Level: 1.3 feet below 190 full pool. Temp: Low to mid 70s. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Guide Billy Darby reports, “Bass are moving out into deeper water and will be on the ledges shortly. On your Humminbird, look on side view left or right and pan toward the ledge from the deep side at twice the distance as the ledge drop-off. Fish can be easily spotted hanging just over or slightly outside of the sheer drops on the ledge. Pull deep-diving crankbaits from shallower to deeper water over suspended fish, and hang on. Also use this same technique over humps, but judge crankbait depths to the water depth of the hump you’re fishing. Mayflies will be abundant along the shorelines this month, and bass will be foraging on bream near the hatches. Sunrise and sunset should get you plenty of topwater action. Spinnerbaits are good around bream beds and bream feeding on mayflies.” Tournament angler Les Bratcher #bigbitebaits #alxrods reports, “Fishing here at Lake Eufaula is still good. The shad are spawning in the shallows in the early morning making for some good action. Most anglers are reporting good catches on various topwater baits early. Then as the day moves on, they are catching bass on plastics, swim jigs, swimbaits, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits. When the shad spawn is over, the Eufaula bass should begin to move off the banks to ledges and deeper structure, provided the water level doesn’t stay high.” Guide Sam Williams reports, “The fishing is setting up to be hot. The water is staying up and steady. Bass are hitting blade baits on top and frogs. Trick Worms in black and chartreuse fished on the edges are really good. Slow is the answer.”

Crappie: Guide Billy Darby reports, “The postspawn crappie will be suspended in or over trees and brushpiles in 15 to 25 feet of water. Drift Hal-Fly jigs over structure that is holding fish, or drop minnows straight down into or very near the schools of crappie.”

Bream: Guide Billy Darby reports, “The bream will be bedding in shallow water the week before the full moon in May and can be found by sniffing near suspected bedding areas or by side-scanning with your Humminbird. Look for small potholes or depressions in the sand near shaded docks or overhanging trees.”

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