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Lake Eufaula Fishing Report January 2018

Eufaula: Level: 1.7 feet below 190 full pool. Temp: Mid 50s. Clarity: Slight stain.

Bass: Guide Billy Darby reports, “December and January are the prime two months where an intimate knowledge of your Humminbird and Lake Master Maps is essential. Carefully studying contours, drops, ledges, sharp points and surrounding terrain while keeping one eye on your electronics and the other on your GPS helps find the right depth and structure. During cold weather days, prey and predator alike congregate in tight schools and stay in somewhat the same areas. This is jigging-spoon season. Whether your desired species is bass, crappie or hybrids, your luck is directly beneath your boat and a jigging spoon is the ticket. All three species are now within the last few days of this report being caught in 20 feet to 35 feet of water near sharp drops in creek channels. I expect bass to move out to deep points with the very cold weather that’s coming in. If during late January we have a few days with unseasonable warm weather and lots of sun, some big sows can be found in dead-water pools very near the north bank and associating with sun ray heated vegetation.” Guide Sam Williams reports, “The winter patterns are beginning to set in. The hydrilla is disappearing, and the fish are concentrating more on the deeper structure, both natural and man-made. Sonar units are the trick now in locating both cover and fish. Bass are hitting slower-moving baits around the cover. Some bites along the shore are still possible early and late, but it’s mostly smaller bass. Keep an eye on the weather patterns, and be safe. With more folks in the deer stands, the lake is wide open from now until February.”

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