August fishing report

Lake resident Jeff Marsh with a striper caught late last month.

Fishing has improved the past few weeks. Water temperature has been extremely high. Night fishing for bass has been good. Most species of fish are in their summer patterns. Look for striper fishing to continue to improve. Water temperature will be in the middle to upper 80s.

Largemouth bass

Fishing will be good this month. Best lures will be Neko rigs, drop shot rigs, crank baits, shaky heads, Carolina rigs, large plastic worms and top water lures. Most largemouth bass will be caught on points, ledges rock piles, brush piles and deep docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 25 feet. Largemouth bass will feed mainly at night this month. Points, rocks, stumps and brush are key factors to finding bass. Remember to release them quickly during hot months.

Smallmouth bass

Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocks, ledges and main channel points. Best lures will be Ned rigs, hair jigs, drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended around schools of shad. Cloudy days are good times to try. Light line will increase chances of catching them. Night fishing will be fair.

Striped bass

Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in the lower to mid-sections of the lake and in the larger creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, top water lures, jigging spoons and Zoom flukes fished on 1/2- to 3/4-ounce lead heads. The best depths will be from near the surface to 80 feet. Vertical jigging is one of the best methods to catch stripers in summer. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Fishing at night will be poor this month. Some schools of stripers will surface in the early morning and late afternoon this month. Live bait fished on planer boards and down lines are also good methods.

Crappie

Fishing for crappie will be poor. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, stumps and brush piles in the mid- to upper parts of the lake in depths from 15 to 30 feet. Small live minnows and 1½- to 2-inch tubes or shad-shaped plastic lures fished on 1/16- to 1/8-ounce lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month.

Tips of the month

Hot water temperatures will cause the fish to slow their metabolism. Fishing during the early morning, late afternoon and night are usually the best times to fish. To avoid the boat traffic and the hot sun, try fishing at night. Wear a life jacket and never fish alone at night. Make sure running lights are on after dark. Remember to practice catch and release and take a kid fishing.