Fishing Report: Bartlett Lake
Lake elevation: 1,752, 44 %
Water temperature: 77-79 degrees
Work on the dam has begun, thus the lower lake elevation.
Gary Senft reported: “Fishing is hotter than a firecracker.”
He said there has been a bit of a top-water bite around 5-6 a.m. and anglers can use walking baits, small poppers and not necessarily Ricos – although they are excellent.
Once the sun comes up, effective baits have been worms (Senft mentioned Zoom Trick worms), brush hogs, and Powerworms in watermelon colors and green pumpkin.
Most largemouth bass have not yet moved deep for the summer. They are hanging around 6-12 feet deep.
“Keep moving around,” Senft said. “Don’t stay in one place. If you’re not seeing fish on the graph, keep moving. Eventually you’ll find that magic spot. The thing for me is that the bite has been from one end of the lake to the other end. The whole lake is good. Sometimes the river is good. I’m fishing the whole thing from the dam to the no wake buoys. It’s a good time to get out there and try every technique that you don’t know. Once you might be having trouble with, like Carolina rigging, or learning how to throw a Yamamoto jig.”
The crappie bite remains good as well around the yellow cliffs area in 22-25 feet of water. With lower water elevations, the crappie have not been able to retreat to deeper water. Shad are thick and there are plenty of crappie honey holes.