Lake Nottely Fishing Report September 2017

Nottely: Level: 3 feet below full pool. Temp: 82-85 degrees. Clarity: Clear to slightly stained in the backs of the creeks.

Linesides: Fair. Guide Jeremy Seabolt reports, “Fishing has been good. We have been catching some good numbers of stripers. Fishing has been better mid lake in the morning. We have been catching fish on long points around Point 6 all way to Point 4. The stripers are in big schools holding in 30 to 65 feet of water. We have been catching fish on downlines and u-rigs 130 feet behind boat, and the lead-core bite is on also. September is one of my more favorite months to fish. The water will start to cool down, so it’s time to start catching fish on topwater. When you find schooling fish, you should be able to catch them on about any topwater plug. My go-to plugs are a Sammy, Chug Bug and a fluke.” Guide Shane Goebel reports, “September has always been a great month for stripers. Currently, we are catching some decent fish in good quantities. There are a lot of smaller schoolies, but we are starting to see some larger stripers in the 15- to 20-lb. range. The early morning and late-afternoon bites are your best times to see action. Target creek mouths and points off the main lake channel. The majority of our fish have been caught from Point 7 to the dam. Downlining live blueback herring over a 30- to 70-foot bottom has been the best technique, but we’ve actually had a pretty good topwater bite lately, as well. Keep that Spook or Red-Fin at the ready to snag those surface-busting fish. The u-rig bite has also been working fairly well. The fish will continue to school up through the next couple months and will move to even deeper water. Just remember to keep an eye on your electronics, and watch for schools of stripers when cruising the lake. Also, remember to try to get the fish back into the water as quickly as possible after they are caught.”

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