Sinclair: Level: 1.2 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid to upper 80s. Clarity: Heavy stain in Little River; light stain on the main lake.
Bass: Slow. Tournament angler Mark Denny Jr. reports, “The bite this month is notoriously a little slow as we have now entered the dog days of summer. The bites up shallow are few and far between, but you can still catch a few bass off of docks and other shaded areas throughout the lake. A light Texas-rig worm or finesse jig are both good choices when the bite is finicky and will still produce a big fish every now and then. A majority of the bass are being caught in 10 to 25 feet of water as bass seek out these depths because of the cooler water temperatures in attempt to escape from the summer heat. Crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics are both good choices for targeting these water columns and should be consistent producers throughout August. Once you have worked over an area and had some bites, a shaky-head worm will produce a few more bass if you are willing to slow down and downsize your presentation. Try avoiding rocks and extremely shallow water, as these areas have now become too warm to be consistently productive.”