Fishing Report: Bartlett Lake
The water temperature has dropped from 88 to 69 degrees during the past 3 weeks. Water level on Wednesday was 1,753 feet (45-percent full). Bass should be feeding heavily in preparation for winter.
Guide Gary Senft reported that a full fall pattern is in effect. Bass are not as active on the surface has they had been a few weeks ago. Most fish will move in shallow early in the morning and then retreat to about 15 feet deep. The crankbait bite is slow, but dropshot and Texas rigs are producing fish. The best bite seems to be later in the day when the water has warmed a bit — fish late afternoons if possible.
Best baits have been Roboworms on dropshots, crawdad imitations such as brush hogs on Texas rigs, and Yamamoto jigs. Good colors have been reds, oranges, morning dawn and green pumpkin. In general, fish 10-35 feet deep.
Crappie reports indicate these speckled delicacies have been moving from deep water to about 10 feet. Some anglers were having success with small crankbaits by the power lines by the dam. Try small jigs or live minnows for crappie in 10 to 20 feet of water during the day. Most crappie have been in the 8- to 10-inch range but some anglers reportedly were catching crappie up to 2 pounds.
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