Fishing has been fair. Water temperature has risen rapidly the past several weeks. Some baitfish will still be in shallow water spawning at night this month. Most species of fish will have spawned by the middle of the month. Look for fishing to improve soon.
Largemouth bass: Fishing will be good. Best lures will be Neko rigs, drop shot rigs, crank baits, shaky heads, Ned rigs and top water lures. Most largemouth bass will be caught on points, ledges, rock piles, brush piles and docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 15 feet. Largemouth bass will continue to feed at night this month. Points, rocks, stumps and brush are a key factor to finding bass this month. Release the bass quickly during hot months.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocks, ledges and points. Best lures will be Ned rigs, hair jigs, top water lures and crank baits. Best areas will be in the mid- to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will have spawned. Cloudy days are good times to fish. Light line will increase the chances of catching smallmouth bass.
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 buck tails, swim baits, top water lures and Zoom flukes fished on 1/2- to 3/4-ounce lead heads. The best depths will be from near the surface to 50 feet. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Fishing at night will be fair this month. Some schools of stripers will surface this month. Live bait fished on planer boards and down lines also will be good.
Crappie: Fishing for crappie will be fair. They will be found between 10 and 20 feet. 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. Small live minnows and 1 ½- to 2-inch tubes or shad-shaped plastic lures fished on 1/16- to 1/8-ounce lead heads will work best.
Tips of the month: Fishing during the early morning, late afternoon and night are usually the best time. To avoid the boat traffic and the 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.