Grand Lake Bait & Tackle reports cooler temperatures are expected to have a positive effect on the crappie fishing. The fall bite is just starting after a long period of warm temperatures. Crappies are being taken by experienced bank fishermen, but they have to be hunted. Docks and dock posts are popular structure. Don’t ignore fishing toward the middle of channels and working the bait into structure. Metal lifts should be holding fish, and those who shoot pontoons will be using that skill. A pontoons are being pulled, this should help the fish spread out. Plastic tails are popular. Chartreuse, chartreuse/black, and chartreuse/blue are good starting combinations. White and pearl are also good colors. Tri-color tails are also popular. Some fishermen are tipping jigs with wax worms to take advantage of the bluegill population. An occasional good bluegill is being taken, but the size is mixed. Some crappies are being taken on live minnows.
Catfish are still biting. Shad is a main bait of choice. Bass fishermen are catching a few fish although many bass fishermen have started focusing on crappies or pulled their boats for the season. Fall bass fishing can be excellent as fish are feeding heavily on shad. Look for bait fish activity on shallow flats. There have been no reports of perch being caught. Some saugeye have been reported being caught below the West Bank spillway.
Water level is good compared to last year. Normal pool is determined at the top of the West Bank spillway cut.