A lot of cows dump in river upstream from lake
Thanks for the replies! My wife and I have been "Drift" fishing from the boat lately and have caught mostly catfish. Most in the foot long category but we release them since neither one of us care for the taste. We hook on half a nightcrawler so that it goes through the water in eel like fashion and let the wind blow us across the lake. We've occasionally picked up a crappie or two but nothing with much size to it. Mostly catfish and even though they're fun to catch, we'd like to catch something we want to eat. We start in the middle and let the wind blow us towards the dam or vice versa if the wind is from the east.
Yes, the good size bluegills are biting I was there on Saturday and we caught about 10 of them, all big ones... we were not trying to catch gills either. We were targeting walleyes, which we caught 9 (biggest was 16, rest were around 14) and also caught between 30-40 catfish between three and half people (my five year old was with us). No big ones, all were 14 inches to 17 inches and we threw everything back, bluegills, walleyes and catfish. Again, we were not targeting any catfish, but the method we use to catch walleyes apparently works for catfish as well. I know the bluegills were spawning because my fishing partner accidentally squeezed one and some male reproductive juice came out. I have never caught catfish like that in this lake and I have fished it many times, so maybe they are spawning too, I am not sure as I am unfamiliar with catfish spawning habits and never try to catch them.
We never caught more than three or four bluegills in one spot, but they were biting on night crawlers. We had many bites that cleaned us, assuming most of those were bluegills that were unable to get the hook into their mouths, so if we would have targeted bluegills, I am positive we would have caught 15 each. Stick close to shoreline, I would say in 2-5 feet of water, anywhere around the lake except the west end, but we never went over there, so maybe there are some. We were in a boat, so not sure what to tell you if you are on shore since that limits the area you can fish.