Lake Eufaula Fishing Reports – September 2020
Eufaula: Level: 2.1 feet below 190 full pool. The corps is dropping the lake to 186 to work on the dam. Temp: Upper 80s to low 90s. Clarity: Stained.
Bass: Guide Sam Williams reports, “The river continues to drop slowly as the corps prepares for the repairs on the dam at Ft. Gaines. The obvious hazards have been marked with buoy markers for safety, and follow the river cans and the creek markers. Your maps on your electronics are a safe bet to stay in the deeper water. With the storms and high winds this week, keep a close eye out for floating debris. Fishing patterns have held steady from our last report. The shallow bass bite is still active at daybreak and just before sunset where you can find cover and outside grass patches. Frogs and blade baits are effective here. Shaky heads and wacky rigs using Trick Worms and Senkos in red and black, watermelon candy and watermelon are good colors. The deeper bass are still scattered on the deeper man-made and natural structure in the creeks and river ledges. We are finding these ledge in 18 to 30 feet of water. Heavy jigs and Carolina rigs baited with large worms and creature baits using red and black, watermelon candy, watermelon red and junebug colors are good choices. The shad are still plentiful and growing. When you see these shad pods in the open water, throw your twitch bait beyond the school and work it back through. If you like a crankbait in these situations, match the size as close as possible to the shad size. We are seeing two definite sizes lately. A dot on the side will emulate the threadfin shad the fish are feeding on. If you don’t have one, take a magic marker and make your own. A Rat-L-Trap worked beneath these schools will draw a hit from bigger fish. Be safe in this extreme heat, drink plenty of water and cover yourself with sunscreen. The hot temperatures are setting off the afternoon thunderstorms. You do not want to be caught on the water in a lightning storm. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.”
Crappie: Capt. Sam Williams reports, “Crappie are still on the deeper trashpiles on the drops. Working a jig vertically in these schools will get a bite. They are also full and very lethargic and must be finessed into a strike. Tipping these jigs with a minnow or a minnow on an aberdeen hook will also work.”
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