Lake O’ the Pines Fishing Report, January 29th 2020
The good news is the water is within normal range for this time of year, unlike last year when the lake was extremely high. This makes access and navigation easier. There are a lot of fisherman on the lake so use caution in inclement weather.
Crappie Fishing Report
Crappie fishing is good, but the fish are not where they normally are this time of year. Normally the fish would be in the deepest part of the lake with fish suspended between 30 and 40 feet. This year, because of the higher water temperatures, the Crappie are scattered. Most of the fish I, and my reliable fishing buddies, have caught are in 25 foot of water right off of the bottom. Some of the bigger fish are scattered in the timber off of the Island View Marina area. These fish are harder to catch, but the sizes are phenomenal.
Texas Parks and Wildlife are reporting in their Lake O’ the Pines fishing report that minnows are the best bait, but I, and others, have had good luck using jigs double rigged. The fish are moving around following bait fish. If you stay anchored you will catch a few as they come by. If you move around you will catch more fish, at least that is my experience. If you fish the timber, the livescope system is a big advantage.
Remember that through February you must keep all of the crappie you catch regardless of size. You will probably catch a few small Crappie, but fried whole, they are good eating.
Bass Fishing Report
Fishing the vegetation edges with topwater, worms and crankbaits are producing some fish. There have already been several fishing tournaments this year and I have observed many fisherman fishing shallow water and docks. Last year I had some success on a black salamander with a blue tail around sunken structure.
Catfish Fishing Report
You can catch catfish almost anywhere on the lake using live bait. They are most active in the mornings and evenings. I have seen quite a few catfish fisherman using the free floating jug lines.
The water temperature is 54 to 55 degrees.
The water clarity is lightly stained.
The water level is 228.82 Normal seasonal elevation is 230.00.
The water release rate is 535 cubic feet per second.
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