Eufaula: Level: 0.6 feet below 190 full pool. Temp: Upper 80s. Clarity: Slight stain.
Bass: Tournament angler Les Bratcher (#bigbitebaits #alxrods) reports, “The bass fishing on Lake Eufaula is in the typical summer pattern due to the hot weather. Anglers are catching a few early around the lily pads on topwater and moving baits. When the sun gets high, some anglers are staying in the pads, but most are moving offshore for the deep bite. Finding the schools has been tough when the water is not moving. I have heard of fish being caught on all types deep-water baits from plastics to spoons. The bite should improve in the next few weeks as fall is just right around the door.” Guide Billy Darby reports, “On the south end, September can be a transition month, especially if we get storms and high, dirty water. If not, stay with the same techniques and patterns described in the August issue. I know of two tournaments that were reportedly won on spoons. If we get high, dirty water, fish high-visibility crankbaits on the shallow ledges, but stay away from muddy creek mouths with the exception of fresh, clean drains. Good frog bites come on high and rising water where you can work a frog over what was matted vegetation. In and near the sparse grass, topwater lures are always a good bet during high water, and don’t be afraid to use the big Spooks and Whopper Floppers.” Guide Sam Williams reports, “The rain and cloudy weather had cooled the water a few degrees. The bass are still in their summer mode and need to be finessed a bit on most days. Bass are still most active early and late. The topwater bite on frogs and other topwater lures will work, but you need to work them slow. Senko-type soft plastics fished very slowly in deep lily pad cover with a heavier weight to get the worm down will get the bigger bass to strike. Blue color combinations are good. Watch for the afternoon storms—they can be on you in a hurry when your attention is on fishing. The lightning is very dangerous, do not take any chances.”