Carters Lake Fishing Report July 2006

Carters: Level: 1.7 feet low. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Fair. In the Coosawatee Shiners Club tournament it took a little over 16 pounds to win. “Doodling in deep brushpiles won it,” said Buddy Callahan at Bart’s Bait & Tackle. Buddy said climbing temperatures have pushed the fish deeper. Stick to the deep brush, specifically the DNR structure locations <www.gofishgeorgia.com>. Stay with drop shots and swimming jigs. Also, you can doodle a worm in the structure. The topwater is poor even early in the morning. Most of the bass are concentrated in 15 to 30 feet of water.

Stripers: Poor during the day. Go to the main-lake humps after dark. Downlines in 30 to 50 feet of water seems to be the only thing working. Shad work best, but sometimes a bream will work also.

Hybrids: Fair. The middle and the back of the creek runs are good. Small crankbaits, Rooster Tails, and bucktails are all worth trying. Sometimes you can catch them schooling. Medium-sized minnows are doing good also. Look for the schools on your depthfinder. Usually your screen will go almost black.

Walleye: Poor. A few have been caught at night by bass anglers throwing worms in the deep holes. You might get lucky on crankbaits at night also, but the walleye are slow.

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