The dog days of summer are definitely here as the surface water temps have warmed up to the upper 80’s approaching the 90 degree mark. There is around 15 inches of visibility. Bass anglers are reporting a fair bite. Anglers continue to target relatively shallow cover early and late in the day with various topwater lures and spinnerbaits. During the day, anglers are moving out to mainlake points and off shore structure to get bites. Seems this is where the bigger bites are coming from. Texas/Carolina-rigs, jigs, and crankbaits are working off shore. Recent creel surveys showed the lake trending towards being bass crowded. So to help the population; keep a few of those smaller bass on your next outing to the lake. The bream anglers are reporting a fair bite as well, but some quality fish are being caught right now. Most anglers are catching fish just out from the beds close to deeper water. Tightlining redworms and crickets continue to be the best technique. The crappie bite conintues to be poor with just a few anglers targeting crappie along the dam and around the gate control structure. For catfish, anglers are tightlining the bottom with nightcrawlers in both the big and little lake. The earthen piers and the deeper coves are popular areas lately. Anglers be aware of the wire cages in the north end of the lake as MDWFP is trying to establish some native aquatic vegetation.
A new Redear Sunfish record was set this past week at 1.6 pounds.
Anglers planning on hitting the lake need to remember there is a slot limit on bass. All bass between 16 - 22 inches must be released immediately, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept. The daily bag limit for bass is 10. Any and all walleye caught must be released immediately. The bream limit is 100 aggregate (both bluegill and redear) total per angler. The daily limit on crappie is 30. The catfish daily limit is 10.
A depth map for Lake Lamar Bruce can be found at the following link:
For more information on the lake, give the lake manager Jim Lusby a call: (662) 869-2009