The lake is about 4 feet above normal and rising at the time of this report. The bite on all species is picking up and the Spawn is on. This Lake O’ the Pines Fishing report is current as of March 25, 2020.
Crappie Fishing Report
Crappie fishing is good right now, but you must be able to adapt to changing situations. The weather has been fluctuating a lot lately causing the water temperature to range anywhere from 60 to 68 degrees. Crappie start to spawn around 65 degrees. Once the water reaches 65 the Crappie will move into the buck brush to spawn. If a cold front, or cold rain moves in and lowers the temperature, they will move back out and stage waiting for the water to get warmer. The last week has seen the water temperature as high as 67 and then dropped back to 61. I was catching a lot of good fish in the buck brush on jigs on the Northern end of the lake. After the cold rain, I would catch them staging in 7 to 10 feet where creeks drain into the lake. After the water warms back up to spawning temperature it will take a day or two for the Crappie to move back into the brush. Because of the angle of the sun, the north end warms up faster. I have been fishing the upper end of Johnson, Alley and Hurricane creeks. In a couple of weeks I will begin fishing the Southern creeks.
When I fish the 8 t 10 foot of water, I use a Shinee Hinee. The Crappie love them and the Bass will not pass them up either. Once I get into the buck brush, I use a weedless head and a chartreuse jig. These fish are hungry and will attack anything that is put in front of them. Fishing the Buck Brush is work and a weedless head help you keep from getting caught up. The Crappie are there and the bite is great, you just have to take the time to find them. The spawn should last for another 3 to 4 weeks.
Bass Fishing Report
The Bass bite is great right now. Just like the Crappie, most fish are in the shallow water either sitting on beds or chasing bait fish on the edge of structure. Most Bass fisherman are catching good numbers on Texas rigged creature baits (crayfish is really hot right now) and on Crankbaits. I have had several fisherman tell me they are catching fish on flooded grass using plastic crayfish. If you want to know where the fish are biting, look for the bass boat parade.
Catfish Fishing Report
Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait or worms. Friends have been catching a few off the dock with stink bait. I caught a 4 pounder yesterday in the shallows on a Crappie Jig. The bite is fair right now but should improve as the water gets warmer. I have seen several jug lines around the lake.
The water temperature is 560 to 68 degrees.
The water clarity is lightly stained.
The water level is 234.40, Normal seasonal elevation is 230.00.
The water release rate is 1749 cubic feet per second.
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