September 23, 2014 - by Eric Prey
Lake Level: 911.01
Water Temp: 70 - 76
By: Branson Fishing Guide | Focused Fishing Guide Service
Fishing guides continue to watch water temperatures drop as the days grow shorter and fall has started. There is still a strong topwater bite early and late; watch for surfacing fish around standing timber and larger boat docks, cast spooks, Sammies and Pop-R’s to surfacing fish. As the sun comes up switch to a Jewel squirrel head with either a UV Beaver or finesse worm and work mixed rock and gravel points on the main lake and in larger creek arms. The drop shot bite is still effective when the sun is high in the sky; deep trees are still producing 35’ – 55’ deep
Much like in Branson fishing guides are throwing topwater baits early and late in the day. Jewel football jigs have been the ticket once the sun comes up; fish rock and gravel mixed points from 15’ – 30’ deep on the main lake and in larger creeks. PB&J or green pumpkin candy have been the best colors with a green pumpkin J Tail trailer.
The shallow bite continues to dominate the James River; Branson fishing guides have been using buzz baits early in the day on mud flats toward the back of larger creeks and pockets. Look for shallow wood cover to hold most of the fish and make multiple casts to each piece of wood to draw strikes. Shallow crankbaits are also effective in these areas, RC crankbaits in chartreuse shad banged into cover will produce both quality and quantity.