Lake Nottely Fishing Report – September 2006
Nottely: Level: 7.7 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Slow. A few small fish being caught on green-pumpkin worms fished slowly through brush in the 15- to 25-foot range. The topwater bite has not begun.
Striper/Hybrids: Good. Nottely guide Jeremy Seabolt was on the lake August 24 and caught 14 stripers by 10 a.m. The fish ranged from eight to 21 pounds. Jeremy said he caught the fish between points four and five on downlined bluebacks. “We were fishing in water 14 to 20 feet deep, and most of the fish we caught were at the 20-foot depth,” he said. “The water temperature is starting to drop, and the schooling is starting to pick up. It is still hit-or-miss right now. One day last week they schooled until 11 a.m. The next day they didn’t come up. But by early September they should be schooling hard in the area around points three and four. John Hembree plans on fishing Nottely in September as the water drops, and he will be looking for schools of stripers and hybrids with a jigging spoon tied on. “The stripers and hybrids don’t school on top in big schools like they used to do, but you can find the schools in 20 to 40 feet of water, and when you do you can usually catch them by dropping a spoon on them.”