North Freshwater Fish Report
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Updated November 22, 2023
McCLURE LAKE — The bass bite remains the same deal as the bulk of the fish continue to chase bait offshore, and it will be this way for the next few weeks. The bass are suspending around main lake points or creek channels at depths from 20 to 60 feet in 60 to 100 feet of water, and 3/4th-ounce Hopkins Shorty spoons or Blade Runner Duh! Spoons are working along with small shad-patterned swimbaits on the drop-shot. Umbrella rigs are also starting to work along with spinnerbaits. Big fish have been hard to find, but there are numbers of willing biters. There is an excellent crappie bite with Notorious Jigs as the slabs are holding in the trees. Another trout plant is scheduled this week, and there are holdover rainbows taken near the dam with shad-patterned spoons such as Kastmasters in black/silver, blue/silver, or Cop Car. Catfishing remains solid at night along sloping banks with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or cut baits. The lake dropped slightly to 807.09 feet in elevation and 65 percent.
LAKE McSWAIN — It’s been three weeks since 2500 pounds of Department of Fish and Wildlife catchable rainbow trout were released into the lake, and trout fishing from the banks has slowed down with the best opportunities in the early mornings or late afternoons at the normal locations of the Brushpile, Handicapped Docks, or peninsula near the marina with Power Bait, nightcrawlers, or Kastmasters. Trollers have the upper hand now as the remaining rainbows have headed into the river arm near the Second Fence Line.
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