Broken Bow Lake is back at normal pool level and should continue to stay there for the summer. The water temps are ranging from the upper 70's to low 80's.
All fishing has been and still is pretty consistent as we head into the heat of the summer. Here are some tips and patterns to look for to help you catch some summertime fish.
Bass: Targeting largemouth and spotted bass can be sometimes a little difficult in the summertime. First, get on the water early for top water action. Target main lake points, islands, and shallow flats. Good top waters of choice should include chugger or pop-r type baits in shad colors. Also walking top waters such as Sammy 85's and Zara Spook jr's are also a good choice. Depths can range from just a few feet of water all the way out to about 25 feet. The earlier you start, the better. As the sun begins getting higher in the sky the bite will slowly taper off. As this bite ends ,move out to deeper water ranging from 15 to 30 feet and look for under water structure such as ledges, under water points, and creek channel swings. Good baits to target these areas with are a Carolina rig and a drop shot. For the C-rig try creature baits and 7 to 10 inch plastic worms in natural colors. For the drop shot rig a finesse worm or small senko will produce strikes also in natural colors.
Crappie: Target deep standing timber or brush piles using live minnows. Depths can range from 15 to 40 feet during the summer.
White bass: Just keep your eye out in the early morning or late evenings as these feisty fish will be schooling on the surface feeding on shad. Good baits to have rigged in case you come across them are a top water, rattle trap, and small swim baits all in shad colors.
I am booking for the remainder of summer and fall trips already, so if you are interested, please contact me at anytime. I book quickly, so the sooner the better! Also, ask about the summer special I am running! GOOD FISHING!