Report from the weekend:
Friday morning from about 9 to 11am fished with a friend from boat near the County O bend. We caught 9 fish: 2 Northern (small ones - 19 and 17 inches, released), 2 smallmouth, 2 sheephead, a rock bass (nice size for a rock bass), a flathead catfish and a redhorse. A real river mix! The Northern were caught on Mepps Comet #3 spinner. All others caught on nightcrawlers off of bottom (river rig or similar). Nothing on minnows, nor trolling a rapala.
Friday evening squeezed in an hour from shore not far from there - I caught a smallie and a sheephead on crawler/river rig. Others with me caught more sheephead - they are really abundant.
Saturday morning from the boat in the same general vicinity with 2 others on board. Not as good, but still managed a nice smallie and a flathead - the others boated some sheephead. One guy had a sturgeon on and it even jumped once, but eventually got off the hook, much to the dismay of my buddy, but we've all been there. Everything on crawler/river rigs. Nothing on minnows or jigs.
Saturday afternoon half-heartedly fished while hanging out with a big crowd on the sand bar - got one sheephead on a crawler/river rig, nothing on minnows, though I did get one hit that disappeared by the time I grabbed the pole.
Saturday evening finally thought I would have some quiet productive fishing time, but about 30 minutes into it, it began raining so I called it before boating anything.
Not a great weekend, but not bad, and happy to have found a couple of small northern. Also seems like the flathead catfish show up in August - maybe they like the heat.
I find it hard to believe, and a little disappointing, that there are not more people posting reports on here. Not sure if there was some weird online fight or what, but I am hoping you guys who have info to share will do so so that we can learn from each others' successes and failures.
Good luck - hoping to get back out in a couple of weeks.