Level: Down 1.4 feet. Temp: 70-72 degrees. Clarity: Light stain in the rivers and clear down the lake.
Bass: Tough. “Word is that six to eight pounds is winning night tournaments,” said Aaron Batson. “When the fish came off the bed they hit slow mode. People are catching some small fish but no kickers. The night bite isn’t good yet.” In June look for an early and late bite on Sammys, Spook Jrs. and Pop-Rs around seawalls. After that run your points and humps that top out around 12 to 15 feet, and throw a Carolina rig. “I like the magnum lizard in junebug or the Trick Worm in black ruby,” said Aaron. “Brush is good, and deep water nearby is good. Later on in the month I’m going to start thinking about going up the Yellow and South rivers flipping blowdowns with a jig.” Big spinnerbaits work up the rivers, too. Because so many of Jackson’s docks are floating, this lake doesn’t have a strong summer dock bite. Down the lake try jigs and Carolina rigs on rocky points, and you’ll catch spotted bass. Bobby Berry said the night fishing could be turning around. For Bobby’s Friday night tournament, it took 17.90 pound to win with four fish. Second place had 13 pounds.
Crappie: Great. The night bite has turned on. Look for fish on the bridge pilings and in the powerline area, and you can catch them downlining minnows in 15 feet of water. “A guy and his son fished Friday night, and they had 36, but they also caught a bunch of little ones,” said Bobby. Try Water’s and Barnett’s bridges after dark.