The best time to catch largemouth bass is in the spring and fall. These are two very different lakes. The old side stays muddy and the fish stay shallow. Start with a pumpkin chartreuse tail worm and white/chartreuse spinner bait. Key on rocky points and boat docks. The new side is normally clear with a lot of brush and timber. If you are looking for a big bite, stay in the new lake and drag a Carolina rig with a june bug or blue fleck worm.
Catfishing is great in June, especially if there is a little runoff from spring rains. Channel catfish like to feed in flowing streams or along windswept shoreline. Use live crawfish in these areas or try drift fishing chicken livers or blood bait across open flats near creek mouths. Channel and flathead catfish can be found almost any time, just about anywhere on this rocky lake. Flatheads like live bait such as bluegill or other sunfish, but channel catfish prefer punchbait.
Crappie are best in the winter/spring when they school tightly for spawning. Jigs and minnows fished around standing timber is a sure bet. Many local anglers target crappie in the old lake which has lots of submerged brush piles, especially around boat houses. Jibs are best with stained water, but get you a bucket of minnows if the water turns muddy. White bass are relative newcomers to this lake. They school at the surface chasing shad in the summer and early fall. Try trolling with a medium diving crankbait that mimics a shad. Sunfish or bream are best in the summer when they congregate around brush, boat houses, or piers. A small hook baited with a live earthworm topped with a sizable cork is a sure fire way to fill your creel with bream. Good eating, too.
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