The water level as of this date (12/13/18) is 403.27 or 0.27 high.  Water temps are in the high 50s. As oif today they do have one gate open at the dam releasing water. Crappie are starting to load up on the main lake points and brush piles.  However the bite has only been fair. This week the current depth to be at was 25 to 30ft. This should stay steady.  Im using 1/16 ounce jigs with Bobby Garland soft bodys {Gene Larew}. One jig in brush and two jigs about 6 inches apart on open water.  I like to start to cannon balling the break lines this time of the year.  Crappie seem to stray away from brush and run the break lines on main lake points as the water temps get cooler. If you dont know what cannon balling is, its pretty simple.  I like a 1/4 ounce on the bottom and a 1/16 on top.  About 6 to 7 inches apart.  Get on a break line that you have marked your fish and stay at that depth using your electronics and trolling motor. 6 lb Berkley yellow line on Berkley Ikey dude rods and abu garcia cardinal reels. My clients caught some really good fish last Thursday. Several were in the 2lb class. I will supply all your equipment and clean your fish.  I promise you will have a good time. 

 Black Bass are also starting to show up in wintering holes.  I like a 3/4 ounce jig with a trailer in 15 to 22 ft of water. These big fish are following the shad and bar fish.  The feed is on but its been a really tuff bite.  Look for the best areas to be on ledges and drop offs with timber.  Swim baits by Storm or Berkley, Big crank baits, 10 to 12 inch Berkley power worms Texas rigged or Carolina rigs and drop shots are your best bet. I also like to slow roll a 11/2 ounce Ledge buster spinner bait.  Big bass cant stand it this time of the year.

 Catfish are also on the feed. Stay in 22 to 25 ft on baited holes.  Most any bait the you have confidence in will work.

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Please feel free to call me for any additional info you may need at 1-903-570-6715.  These tips will also work on the Lakes in your areas.  Thanks for your interest in Lake Fork Guide Service