Fishing Report

December, 2015

Lake level is 871.15  4.15 foot high
Lake Temp 49
Water is clear

The late fall crappie are biting pretty good.  If you are looking to catch crappie your best bet is along the front of the bluffs in 20 foot of water and along bluff ends and channel drops.  There are also fish in brush piles in 18 to 20 foot of water.  Minnows will work, but this time of year I like to throw an 1/8th oz lead head with a 2" grub and work the jig slowly across the bottom.  You will lose a lot of jigs, and maybe even get a little angry, but once you get the hang of it you will catch lots of crappie.  I like to stay parallel with the area I am fishing and keep the jig in the right depth for longer.  Usually you will only get 1 hit and you better set the hook. 

The walleye are around the same areas, just a little bit shallower.  Around 15 foot seems to be the best.  If you want to target these fish, stay on the ends of bluffs and around shallow flats and use a jig and crawler.  I usually target the crappie and catch a few walleye while doing so.  Either way, they taste great!!

Bass are back out on points and under schools of shad.  The a rig is getting some decent fish in 12 to 20 foot of water.  If you don't like throwing that thing, and I don't, try a swim bait or a crankbait.  You won't catch as many fish, but you will be able to use your arms at the end of the day.

As we all know, fishing changes from day to day, but this bite should continue until the water cools into the 30's and low 40's.  Good luck and stay safe on the water.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at 417-637-2277.

Bob Bennett
Stockton Lake Guide Service


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