March 7, 2014 - by Eric
Lake Level: 913.7
Water Temp: 37 - 42
By: Branson Fishing Guide | Focused Fishing Guide Service
Fishing guides are still struggling on the lower end of the lake. The shad kill and horrible weather over the weekend have added to an already tough bite. Most of the fish being caught on the lower end have been in the very back of larger creeks and into Arkansas in Long Creek. The best bite has been on a combination of baits; umbrella rigs, Jewel Pro Spider jigs and stick baits have all been effective. Look for the warmest water you can find and fish steeper channel banks and points from the bank to 20’ deep.
It has remained tough in the Kimberling City area; Branson fishing guides have found fish toward the back of larger creeks especially if there is warm run off coming in. Jewel Pro Spider jigs in green pumpkin candy or PB&J with a green pumpkin or Tightlines UV green beaver has been the best option, Position your boat across the channel from the swing and work the bait from the sing through the channel to draw strikes. Pay close attention to areas along the swing where rock is broken up and grave is present.
The cold water and shad kill up the James River has made this area the coldest and toughest part of the lake to fish. Branson fishing guides have caught a few on steeper banks midway back in larger creek arms with umbrella rigs. Look for areas with standing timber to hold a few more fish than barren banks. Slow roll the rig through the tree tops to draw strikes from lethargic fish.
The best bite has been in the upper reaches of the White and Kings Rivers. Branson fishing guides have been using a combination of Jewel Pro Spider and Football jigs, Stickbaits and Umbrella rigs. Channel swing banks toward the back of larger creeks are holding the most active fish, the warmest water is in these areas. Early in the day fish will be holding tight to the channel swing in the deepest water, as the sun warms the flats on the opposite bank switch sides and concentrate on wood cover exposed by the low water conditions.