Largemouth bass have started their post spawn feed. Topwater action can be found most early mornings and late evenings. I have found them surface feeding both back in creeks and coves as well as out on the main lake especially near long brushy points. It’s prime time to start fishing with flukes and you can catch a lot of bass up inside of the newly sunken brush. Swim baits and spinner baits are also working very well. If a cool front moves though, the fish do seem to move off of the shore
Crappie are also on their post spawn feed. You will find them schooled up, roaming from brush to brush, out in 20 to 30 feet of water. A great way to catch these roaming fish is to troll Berkley Flicker Minnows in size # 7. Some of this species are relating strictly to brush and the brush is usually in less then 20 feet of water. A few crappie are still spawning and can be caught by casting the shoreline with small grubs, a small swimbait or a roadrunner.
Striped/hybrid and white bass fishing has been good, but the fish seem to be continually moving. You need to find the shad and the stripers will be nearby. One day I found them back in creeks close to the shore line and the next day they were out on main lake points that have a lot of sunken buck brush. The lake is getting more and more buck brush under water due to recent rains and the rise in the water level. Threadfin shad are getting very close to spawning, if not already
Walleye fishing has also been pretty good. The best bite for me has been early in the morning prior to sunrise. Find an area with bait and cast out a small 3.5-inch swimbait with a 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jig head. The walleye will be near the surface feeding on the shad. You will also find them in about 18 to 25 feet of water on the bottom. Vertical jigging or dragging a crawler harness will pick up some fish. Or you can troll a hard crank bait that gets down to 15 to 18 feet to catch some nice ones. Back in the coves and creeks are a good place to find walleye.
The surface water temperature has been keeping fairly consistent, ranging from 63 to 65 degrees. The water level is
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Happy Fishing and enjoy Norfork Lake.