According to Lakeside Pro Bass, fishing is excellent. However, changeable weather patterns can affect fishing quickly. Fishermen are looking for fish and according to reports are catching nice crappies along with more and more bluegills as the season progresses. According to some fishermen, catching bluegills this early in the season is highly unusual. Some good catches of crappies running 10-12 inches were being taken off the top of pad beds earlier in the spring. As the pads grow, work the edge of the beds or work into the beds and jig the open spots. Working a boat in the pads can spook fish. Be patient. Fishermen are using small jigs. Long Island and the Game Reserve see a number of fishermen. All areas of the lake seem to be producing crappies.
The saugeye fishermen are out in full force. Bank and boat fishermen are having success. Weather and wind direction have a major effect on bank fishing for saugeye. Dream Bridge is producing some fish according to Lakeside Pro Bass. Jigging with blade baits like the Vibe E, Slender Spoon, and Swedish Pimple is a popular fishing method. Some fishermen were trolling or throwing crank baits like the Flicker Shad. Bank and boat fishermen are also throwing Big Joshy swim baits. Lake has a 15-inch limit on saugeye and walleye. The river has good water below the spillway, and fishermen are taking fish downstream.
Bass fishermen are also starting to catch fish and early tournaments are reflecting a good year. Winning limits of five fish at the Ice Breaker averaged almost 3 pounds each, and the big fish was over five pounds. Catfishing has been excellent and according to reports, some big flatheads have already been caught. Fish over 40 pounds are expected to be caught this year, and fishermen are rapidly learning how to catch these big fish.