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Capt. Sam Williams Lake Eufaula - Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake Eufaula, Alabama
Hawks Guide Service
Lake Level 188.71 MSL
Water clarity, clear to stained
Water temperature upper 80's to low 90's

Bass fishing has been hot these past few weeks. Tournament fishermen are bringing in good sacks of 24 + pounds to take first place. Last Saturday we had 169 teams fish the annual Lee King Benefit Buddy Tournament and it took the father and son team of Tom and Mike Pierce 24.93 pounds for five fish to cash in on the $1500.00 first place prize. Thank you to all the fishermen who toughed out the hot weather to support another successful event for Niemann-Pick disease research.

The bass are very active in the tight cover early, hitting the top toad from Big Bite in the tight cover. The Emerald Strike gold lizard and black neon floating finesse worm rigged on the Nuckle Ball jig are the next go to bait in the same water, just a few inches deep when the top water action slows down. When it is time to go deep, the 3/4 oz. Zone-R jig from Fin-Tech rigged with the black neon Emerald Strike finesse worm in doing good. Also the deep diving Emerald Strike big lipped Droopy Iker is a go to bait. It will get to 25+ feet on a hard crank and will easily stay in 18+ feet on a slow roll, which they seem to prefer right now. Carolina rigs with the sale soft plastics are also catching good bass. Any cover you locate on the 18 to 30 foot drops are holding bass. The absence of the hydrilla is bringing the old time ledge fishing back into play. The good 'ole days on Lake Eufaula are coming back. Bring plenty of sun screen and water and do not miss the action. Last week when the Mayfly hatch finally occurred, the bluegill action was huge causing the shallow bass fishing to be crazy. The tournament anglers were loaded with action while the bass were feeding on the 'gills. Shad have been schooling for the longest periods fishermen can remember. I had a client with me a few days ago and we witnessed the action in the shallows and deeper water all at the same time. One customer was in the store telling me he was in schooling fish for over an hour and a half at one time.

The blue gills are spotty but doing well on red worms and crickets. You must work the cover on the bank lines for a period of time and you will hit a pocket and pick up 10 to 20 and when it slows down, start the trek again 'till you find the next pocket.

Catfish are doing well, some nice ones are coming on tight lines, for the fisherman who wants a little faster action, the jugs are the answer, baited with cut bait or stir fry strips.

Trolling deep for the Hybrids is picking up now. The deep running Emerald Strike deep running Droopy Iker and the 1 1/4 oz Emerald Strike Lipless Crank Baits are really working on the big boys trolled under power, especially in the late afternoons in the river and creek mouths.

The action at the dam is still on fire. The big surf rigs using 5 oz lead on a three way swivel and a 1/4 oz. Fin Tech title shot jig and a pearl or white fluke or shad are bringing in some really big strippers.

Be sure and have plenty of cool water and sun screen to make for a safe day in the heat. Do not forget your camera, the baby birds are beginning to fly and try some independence. It is like a comedy act. God has provided plenty of photo opportunities for the memories next winter.

Please visit www.leekingbenefit.org for ways you can help make a difference in the lives of the precious terminal children. Visit S & K Outdoors while in Eufaula for your fishing needs and latest information on the Lake Eufaula activities.

God Bless & Good Fishn'
Capt. Sam

Matthew Ercoli
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