Fished Sandy a week ago or so, it was TOUGH!!! Not one single Crappie, which is what I have been hearing all year, had to go see for myself. Yep they were not lyeing!!
Normal seasonal water level change is about 2 feet you can see live water level measurements at the Corp of Engineers web site below, also see the seasonal trend and historic highs:
During the flood of 2012 the water was ~3 feet above the normal seasonal high water mark. Since 2012 I can remember one spring that the water was about a foot above normal high water mark and four years it was within normal range.
You can also check with the Corps of Engineering to see if the water level mgmt process has changed since 2012.
Hi all, found this site this morning and hoping to get some input from those on this site with some history with Big Sandy. We are looking for a lake home that will be our year-round residence and are considering Big Sandy. We've done some fishing on the lake for the last couple of years but none prior to that. I've done some reading on the water level fluctuations and flooding of 2012 which is concerning. Wondering how often there are water level fluctuations to the degree that they cause problems with docks, lifts, etc. We are considering a property that is in a flood plain (also the property is on a point). Would like some opinions from those with experience on the lake if we need to stay away from properties on a point and/or properties in a flood plain, etc. Thank you.
MOON PHASE (95%)
51° - 55° F
56° - 60° F
Beautiful on BSL in the AM. Finally found the right depth @ 13 to 15 feet.
I had 4 keepers 15-16" and I had 16-20 Walleyes in the 12-13 1/2" group. I use nothing but a jig and a minnow with a slow drift -I don't use motors with Walleyes. Caught one nice Crappie (13"). Had my spot all to myself - it was heaven.
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Got out Saturday for a couple hours with my wife. It was slow, we tried pullibng spinners on bottom bouncers. We caugh one little walleye and a smll northern. We did however miss a couple bites as well. As always though it was good day on the water.
Tim, thanks for the update. I haven't tried your point yet this year, I've been mainly up on the sunken islands in the main part of the lake, I found they were deeper like you say the weekend of the 4th, I'll be wetting the line again Sunday.
MOON PHASE (72%)
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Got to sneak out on BSL the other day. My favorite underwater point still holding fish. They have moved a litter deeper, but needless to say they are still there. They have slipped out to abotu 19', but still able to pick up some little walleye's snap jigging with a fathead or a shiner, I just wish these walleyes would get a little bigger.