Water level 244.60 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day; 1.2 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at http://184.108.40.206/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 230 ft by December 1.
MDWFP creel surveys show most crappie anglers are spider-rigging jigs and/or minnows 10 - 14 ft deep out from creek mouths in the main lake. Catches this past weekend were from 4 to 26 ft deep, indicating fall turnover (nearly same temperature and oxygen top to bottom) which scatters fish out. Minnows have been the key to getting bites, but are also attracting more short fish. For white bass, fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs. Best luck on catfish has been drifting natural baits just off the bottom of main lake flats. Falling water levels are pulling fish, including largemouth bass, out of the backs of creeks into the deeper channels. Fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 10 – 15 ft deep on offshore structure or points midday.
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. Those blobs are actually colonial animals called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish causes the colony to minimize its surface area to a round shape. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.
The spillway had both gates open 2.0 ft each (1300 cfs) on Tuesday. Action here has been slow. Best luck has been for catfish on various natural baits. Some white bass can be taken in the faster water and a few bream and bass can be taken on the rocks. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.
Contact the COE office (662)563-4571 for accessible ramps at current water levels.