The flow below the spillway is close to it's minimum. Some decent catches of catfish on chicken liver were reported, but the overall size was small. All the crappie fishermen were also catching mainly small catfish.
In Pelahatchie Bay, the bluegill are bedding in 3-4 feet of water wherever there is a hard or sandy bottom. Catches of more than 80 good fish were reported this week, with crickets being the bait of choice. Most crappie are moving out toward the channel edges. Jigs and minnows seem to be producing equally. Bass are moving into a late spring pattern. Ledges, cuts and points are areas anglers should target right now. Buzzbaits are getting hit early and late in the day and soft plastics are taking their share of fish late mornings. Catfish are moving shallow in the flats and, as always, whatever stinks is effective.
On the main lake, reports were largely limited to crappie this week. Spawning fish are still being caught just about anywhere there is grass. Linda Lou Island is giving up some as are the emerging pad stems in between the island and Highway 43. Wind made it hard to fish open water earlier this week, but boats were seen clustered near the S-Curve and also a few hundred yards out from the Overlook yesterday. The bass bite is picking up on the rocks on the lower lake near the dam. Topwater poppers and small prop-baits are recommended early then switching to crankbaits later. Some schooling has also been seen on the main lake, but no mention of exactly where.
Above 43, the bass bite is following roughly the same pattern. Buzzbaits are producing early, then Flukes and jigs later in about 6-8 feet of water along the channel. Some cats are being caught where the river begins to widen in 6-8 feet of water on shiners. Crappie are scattered, but trolling minnows on jig heads without a skirt are bringing fish over the gunwale along the channel edges just above Highway 43.
Area water levels can be checked here: