Have you ever taken a chicken fishing? You might want to take the new Strike King Smokin’ Rooster the next time you go bass fishing. This new soft plastic bait helped me catch a nice limit of bass last week and each bass hammered the bait. We also caught keepers on spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, grubs. It was one of those days that the bass would hit just about anything you threw. Most of the bass caught last week were under three pounds which would indicate that the big females were still deep. Main lake coves or creeks where the water ranged from 12 inches to about 12 feet had the most active fish.
Crappie fishermen are reporting fair to good success with Swimming Minnows and chrome head jigs on fish moving to the spawning banks. Most crappie will be caught in 6 to 12 feet of water. Walleye are being caught on trolled worm harnesses and by bass fishermen throwing crankbaits for bass. Spooning is also working on walleye.
Big bluegills are being caught on live worms in 15 to 25 feet of water along steep rock banks. There is an abundance of big bluegills in Bull Shoals and they are easy to catch and as good an eating fish as any in the lake.
Next weekend the pros (BASS) will be on Bull Shoals and will start at Bull Shoals Marina. If you have ever wanted to see these pros now is the time.