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Fishing Report For Week Ending November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Buzz Baits, Spinner Baits and Jigs

The best bite this past week has been on buzz baits, spinners and jigs.   The water temperature on the lower lake has been pretty steady about 53-55 degrees which is a couple degrees warmer than the mid lake area and the Grand Glaize, which was steadily dropping early in the week as two cold fronts passed through, the temperature in this area has become somewhat steady at about 51-53 degrees.    The water from the toll bridge to the dam has a bit of stain, the Grand Glaize is generally clear and the mid lake area has some stain but overall mostly clear.   The water level is way up for this time of the year with no forecasted changes by Ameren until the winter draw down after the first of the year.    There are still plenty of gizzard shad on the big rock banks.   Most quality fish are being caught off these big rocks throughout the lake.   The best and most consistent bite for quality fish has been on sea walls, behind docks, main lake points with the big rocks.   Shad have also been visibly noticed high in the water column at the tops of creeks, bluff ends and bluffs about 10-15 yards of the banks.     Shade and slight chop on the water around the big rock areas seems to produce a more cosistent bite than sunny areas, although top water and spinners have produced some fish on sunny banks especially behind docks and off dock cables.  Tournament weights last weekend required over 20 pounds to win, Saturday winning weight was nearly 22 pounds and Sunday just over 23 pounds for the Anglers in Action tournaments.   Most fish were reported being caught on the Crock-o-Gator Buzz Bait.   Fish are also starting to bite on the jerk bait, however that bite is still a bit early, but should be tried especially around points with wind and shallow around the big rock banks.   Quality fish are also being caught on a jig worked on rocky banks from the bank out to about 8 feet of water.  The A-Rig over brush piles has also been reported to produce some keeper bass..

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