October 10, 2008

Mid-South Fishing Report

The following are the Mid-South lakes and streams where fishing is best this week:


Pickwick Lake: Guide Clagett Talley (731-607-5266) says bass fishing has been excellent around points and flats with jerk baits and midsize topwater baits like the Strike King Spit-n-King. He's also been catching lots of good bass around sparse patches of grass, using shaky-head jigs with a Strike King Rage Tail plastic crawfish in blue. The Spit-n-King is producing lots of striped bass just downstream from the Botel, but only when current is being generated. Bank fishermen are are catching lots of good eating-size catfish on nightcrawlers all over the lake.

Kentucky Lake: Guide Steve McCadams (731-642-0360) says anglers have been catching a few good crappie around the manmade fish attractors in 7-10 feet of water. Most fishermen are using dull- colored jigs tipped with Berkley Power Bait or live minnows. Some anglers have reported being pestered by small bluegill and yellow bass.


Lake Arkabutla: The lake is 0.6 feet below rule curve. Crappie have been scattered from 5-15 feet, and big numbers have been hard to come by. But there have been quite a few reports of fish in the 2- to 2 1/2 -pound range. Trollers have been catching most of the fish, using pink/white jigs in the mouths of the major creeks.

Sardis Lake: The lake is 0.5 feet below rule curve. Longs Sporting Goods and Quick Stop (662-487-2187) says anglers are catching lots of good black crappie around cover in 12-18 feet of water. Trollers are also catching a few, using minnow-tipped jigs at the same depths on the lower end of the lake.

Enid Lake: The lake is 2.6 feet above rule curve. Crappie are scattered from 8-20 feet, and fishing has been a little tough. Trollers are catching a few, using crankbaits and minnow-tipped jigs in the mouths of the creeks.

Grenada Lake: The lake is 1.0 feet above rule curve. Collins Bait Shop (662-226-3581) says some anglers have been catching limits of crappie by trolling crankbaits 12 feet deep in 15-18 feet of water. The best catches have come between Choctaw Landing and Carver Point.

Horn Lake: The Lakeview Boat Dock (662-781-1550) says bream fishing has been excellent with red worms and wax worms. Fish are being caught from the pier and around the trees on the main lake.


Little Red River: Jed Hollan at the Little Red Fly Shop (888-442- 4022) says one generator has been running consistently at Greer's Ferry Powerhouse. The temperature of the water coming through the powerhouse is about 55 degrees. Drift fishing from a boat has been good with inline spinners and chartreuse-colored Berkley Power Bait. During rare periods of low water, fly-fishing for trout has been excellent with the Adams No. 16, the American march brown No.14 and sulphurs in sizes 16-18.

White River: Sportsman's White River Resort (800-626-3474) says seven generators have been running around the clock at Bull Shoals Dam. Trout fishing has been good on high-profile baits like the Smithwick Rattlin' Rogue in the fire tiger color scheme. Some anglers are also having good luck drifting with trout worms.

Solunar tables

This schedule is from Mrs. Richard Alden Knight's Solunar Tables. Major periods begin at the times shown and last for 1 1/2 -2 hours. The minor periods are shorter.

/ A.M. / A.M. / P.M. / P.M. /

Day / Min / Maj / Min / Maj /

Today / 2:00 / 8:00 / 2:15 / 8:25 /

Saturday / 2:40 / 8:45 / 2:55 / 9:05 /

Sunday / 3:20 / 9:25 / 3:40 / 9:50 /

Monday / 4:05 / 10:05 / 4:20 / 10:30 /

Tuesday / 4:45 / 10:50 / 5:05 / 11:15 /

Wednesday / 5:30 / 11:45 / 5:55 / /

Thursday / 6:30 / 12:15 / 7:00 / 12:50 /

Friday / 7:35 / 1:25 / 8:10 / 1:55 /

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