July 8, 2014 - by Eric Prey
Lake Level: 916.8
Water Temp: 76-86
By: Branson Fishing Guide | Focused Fishing Guide Service
Fishing guides are still finding the deep bite the most productive way to fish in the dam area. Tightlines UV finesse worms, Chompers drop shot worms and ROBO worms on a drop shot rig continue to be a main stay in Branson. Fishing guides look for long gravel run outs with isolated brush or rock piles from 25’ – 45’ deep, suspended fish around standing timber on channel swing banks and close to large commercial docks. Most of the fish are suspending from 35’ – 50’ deep over as much as 120’ of water
The deep bite is just effective in Kimberling as it is in Branson. Fishing guides are also targeting fish holding tight to the bottom with Jewel Football jigs from 25’ – 35’ deep on main lake and secondary points in larger creek arms. Most of the fish are holding close to wood or rock cover near channel drops on these points. Anywhere you find a gravel or mixed rock point that has a side dropping into deep water there will be fish close by.
Rain earlier in the week has kept the water stained in the James, stained water keeps the fish shallower than anywhere else on the lake. The further up the James you go the more debris and color you will find, this will eventually wash down and clear up as it makes its way to Kimberling City and then Branson. Fishing guides have been targeting fish in and around shallow brush piles and shoreline cover with Jewel Jigs and large worms early in the day. As the sun rises move out to 10’ – 20’ deep and cast Jewel Football jigs to main lake points.