Jan 16, 2015 - by Eric Prey
Lake Level: 909.4
Water Temp: 38 - 43
By: Branson Fishing Guide | Focused Fishing Guide Service
Fishing guides have had limited time on the water this week with the artic front that has hit the area. The Branson area still has a great deep bite; Jewel Scuba Spoons and Rapala Jigging Raps are still the bait of choice for schooling spotted bass in the larger creek arms. Look for shad to be in the main creek channels holding around 40’ – 60’ over as much as 90’ deep. Bass will be suspended around the shad or in tree tops
There is a deep bite in Kimberling City is just as strong as it is in Branson. Fishing guides are targeting fish in the creek channels and on long gravel points. Jewel Scuba Spoons and Rapala Jigging raps have been the best offerings. There is also a strong stickbait bite in the mid lake as well. Mega Bass Vision 110 or SPRO McStick baits have been the most productive. Look for ledge rock banks and points to be the best areas, a little wind and isolated cover helps the bite.
The upper end of the James had quite a bit of ice over the past week, while not completely locked in, there was a considerable amount of thin surface ice and floating chunks so take care above Cape Fair. The umbrella rig bite is still producing but the fish have moved a little deeper with the colder water. Look for fish to suspend around 20’ deep over the top trees on steeper ledge rock banks and points. Finesse worms on Jewel Squirrel heads and Shakey heads cast to bluff walls have been producing spotted bass, cast the bait to the bluff and work it slowly down to around 40’ to get bit.