Water level 199.58 ft, falling 0.4 ft/day; 5.0 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://220.127.116.11/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 193 ft by December 1.
Water temperatures are in the high 40’s. More seasonable temperatures this week may improve things slightly. Access is limited at some ramps at current water levels. Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports fishing pressure has been light with windy, rainy weather. Latest report for crappie was fishing 5 – 6 ft deep in 8 ft of water in Jack’s Slough. Slow trolling jigs and/or minnows near the bottom 8 - 9 ft deep has also been producing in the Skuna River area, Carver Point, and the mouth of Perry Creek. For catfish, fish worms, shad, or stink baits in the rivers and creek channels or on main lake flats. Shad or flavored chicken works better on bigger blue catfish (white river cats) than worms or chicken livers. Look for white bass schooling on shad in the main lake; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs. For largemouth bass, jigs, swim baits, or soft plastics on any cover on steep banks in coves near the dam.
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 two gates open 6.0 ft each, one open 11.0 ft (4000 cfs) Tuesday. Crappie can be caught on jigs and/or minnows fishing 5 – 8 ft deep in the old river run. Blue catfish can be caught with minnows, nightcrawlers, or shad drifting just above bottom with a heavy weight (and expect to lose it), either with or without a slip-cork.