The lake is dropping a foot per day and is now at 44 percent of capacity. If the lake continues to drop at the current pace, the Lime Saddle Marina will go high and dry by early October.
The shrinking lake hasn’t had a negative impact on the fishing, said bass guide Ron Gandolfi. His clients have continued to stick bass in the morning with Whopper Ploppers and then transition to deeper water with lipless crankbaits and soft plastics.
“After the topwater bite is over we have been working down in the water column and using lipless crankbaits,” Gandolfi said. “The bass have been smacking them like crazy, especially off the points.” He said despite the success of the crankbaits, the best offerings are the Whopper Ploppers on the top and ZMan worms on the bottom.
Bass are present all over the lake, but a trip up the arms to find cooler water didn’t work well. Gandolfi said so much silt came in with winter rains that sand bars are blocking access. Plus, because the streams are now shallow, the water coming in is warm and even warmer after running over the silt. Temperatures on the lake last week were a steady 80 degrees, Gandolfi said. Despite the warm water, Gandolfi’s clients were able to score 40 fish with spots weighing 1 to 1½ pounds.
“There are a lot of small fish but you never know,” Gandolfi said. “The larger fish will start coming up when the water cools.
Cooler weather will bring down water temperatures but the fall bite is still weeks away. “There is some coolness in the air in the morning but we need those overnight temperatures to get lower. Then the fall bite will start kicking in,” Gandolfi said. “I think that probably won’t come until mid-October.”