Water level 244.60 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day; 0.2 ft above rule curve Monday. For water level information, call (662) 563-4571 or check at http://126.96.36.199/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://188.8.131.52/offices/ed/edh/plots/enidplot.png for a graph. The lake is supposed to be drawn down from summer pool (250 ft) to winter pool (230 ft) from August 1 – December 1.
Best pattern lately for crappie has been pushing jigs and/or minnows for suspended fish 12 – 16 ft deep out in the mouths of creeks or in the main lake. Some folks have been catching keeper black crappie fishing sunken brush tops in similar depths, but you will need a good depthfinder. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Quite a few catfish and white bass have been hitting baits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting various natural baits (chicken liver, cut shad, etc.) on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. Action is usually best just before dark. There is no size or number limit on white bass. For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or crankbaits shallow near cover on the edges of creeks and river channels as the lake falls. In the main lake, fish crankbaits or soft plastics deep over the river channel edges or off main lake points.
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.