Originally published in the March 2014 issue of AON
Eufaula: Level: 2.2 feet above full pool. Temp: Mid 40s. Clarity: Heavy stain.
Bass: Guide Sam Williams reports, “The heavy, continual rains are keeping the creeks very muddy. The water is continuing to flow, cleaning up the main river some. The water is still cold, and the fish are not in an active mood yet. Slow presentations and repeat presentations are causing strikes. The better fish are reacting to the constant aggravation. Two weekends in a row it has taken 20-lb. sacks to take first place. Pitching finesse baits and jigs into cover has been working. Some fish are beginning to hit deep cranks on deeper cover. The jigging spoon has been a steady successful pattern on stacked fish on deep cover.”
Crappie: Sam reports, “Crappie are still not at peak in the dirty water. Warming trends and cleaner water in the next few weeks will turn this around.”
Catfish: Sam reports, “Catfish are slow in the cold water as well. A few are coming on jugs in the mouths of some creeks where the water is starting to clean up. We still need to dress in layers, and be sure to keep water and sunscreen with you.”