Level: 1.8 feet below full. Temp: 78 degrees. Clarity: Fairly clear, to a light stain.
Bass: Ronnie Gregory and a friend went out last Tuesday, and their best five went about 17 pounds. “We caught them shallow in grass near deep water on a Paca Craw fished Texas rig with a 1/4-oz. weight.” They also threw spinnerbaits. “Some of them will stay in the grass in June, but a lot of them are going deep, back to the ledges,” said Ronnie. “I expect more to go deep this year because there’s not as much grass.” Ronnie will Carolina rig and crank the ledge bends and any ledge that has brush. Green-pumpkin Trick Worms and Fat Free Shads are his staples for deep fish. When dragging the worm he positions the boat in the channel, throws up on the flat and drags it down the ledge. When cranking he’ll do the same thing, but he’ll sometimes parallel the ledge. Ronnie likes the ledges from Cowikee down to Barbour.
Crappie: Fair, with your best best to fish the creek ledges in 12 to 15 feet of water with minnows. Try Barbour, Pataula and Sandy creeks.
Hybrids: Fair with just a limited amount of schooling activity reported. If you see activty, cast a Rat-L-Trap or and lead-head grub. When the water temperatures climb into the mid 80s, look for a nighttime bite on the flats to begin. Use a small Carolina-rig baited with shrimp. Try the flats just south of the causeway and the humps and flats around Sandy Creek.