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  • Fishing shallow lakes in hot weather - By Nimrod

    Here on Nimrod the heat takes it's toll on fish and fishermen. The surface water temps go into the 90's and as everyone knows hot water holds less oxygen. This causes the fish to shallow up looking for more oxygen. They like to stay deep enough to find cooler water but shallow where the oxygen content is higher . The bait fish (here mostly Shad) feed shallow or on the surface as plankton type growth is there. I have been told at times Crappie feed on it as well.
    Even though I'm not a troller or spider rigger these days , you do what you have to do . When the Crappie suspend my tactics change. Normally they go out in the bays on creek channels and main river to suspend. Now with our drawawdown this summer they have less places to suspend. I take a jig pole with a heavy 1/8 oz jig and use one in each hand. I watch my depth finder and slowly bump along till I see fish on the screen. Once I find fish say in 7 to 9' of water I try to hold that depth and move real slow. You could use crankbaits, minnows or go full blown and use a spider rig with a dozen poles. I perfer to feel that thump and man those suspended Crappie feeding on Shad usually thump my big jigs in the hot water. With a limit of 20 Crappie it does'nt take long once you locate them. Also if your catching small fish move the bigger ones are usually schooled up together not with the little guys.

    Thing to remember this method is good for jiggers like me cause the fish move off normal structure at times. Also you will catch a bonus from time to time. I use bucks jiggin poles/ zebco reels with 8lb test floracarbon line. The Catfish , Gar, Bass, and everything else is usually suspended with the Crappie. I've heard some folks say look at the Gar rolling , we need to move . Wrong that can be a good sign just like birds at times. The Gar are feeding on the baitfish and small Crappie.

    Comments 7 Comments
    1. kingkrappie's Avatar
      kingkrappie -
      good read and good fish, I bet that gar was a blast to land!
    1. Little Skeeter's Avatar
      Little Skeeter -
      Well I have spent many years on Nimrod lake as it was my back yard growing up in Hollis, AR. When they draw that lake down low like they do, it can be a real blast catching just about anything. Its been about 10 years since I have been back there as I no longer live in AR. How has the draw down on the lake affected the fish overall. Is the corps building more fish structure or are they just seeding grass still?
    1. alamancecreek's Avatar
      alamancecreek -
      NICE Gar and great Article!
    1. jigflinger's Avatar
      jigflinger -
      Good article and good fish. Bet that gar was a tussle on a jig pole.
    1. NIMROD's Avatar
      NIMROD -
      Quote Originally Posted by Little Skeeter View Post
      Well I have spent many years on Nimrod lake as it was my back yard growing up in Hollis, AR. When they draw that lake down low like they do, it can be a real blast catching just about anything. Its been about 10 years since I have been back there as I no longer live in AR. How has the draw down on the lake affected the fish overall. Is the corps building more fish structure or are they just seeding grass still?
      The Crappie fishing seems to improve some. The Corps seeded some millet but most of the plants grew on their own. It was willow sprouts , but mostly swamp grass call nutsedge that grew on the lake bed. The only piles being rebuilt I know of were the ones the corps helped with sinking materials gathered by Crappie.com folks.
    1. Little Skeeter's Avatar
      Little Skeeter -
      Yea I tried to get them to build better structures, but they said the crappie fishermen build plenty. lol I dont know about that, but I do know I spent a few summers finding spots and dropping in my hand made structures. I am sure they are long gone by now though. Next time I come down there I will have to give you a haller and see what is going on. I used to fish some stump beds up near the dam on the NW side. I remember junebug being a good color for bass.
    1. NIMROD's Avatar
      NIMROD -
      Quote Originally Posted by Little Skeeter View Post
      Yea I tried to get them to build better structures, but they said the crappie fishermen build plenty. lol I dont know about that, but I do know I spent a few summers finding spots and dropping in my hand made structures. I am sure they are long gone by now though. Next time I come down there I will have to give you a haller and see what is going on. I used to fish some stump beds up near the dam on the NW side. I remember junebug being a good color for bass.
      There are several stump beds that most folks don't even realize close to the dam near deep water.
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