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Charlie Taylor's Buggs Island Fishing Report

The water level in Buggs Island (Kerr) Lake is at 295 and stable. Lots of bass are caught on spinnerbaits on shallow points with flooded bushes. Bass may be caught shallow in 2-3 feet of water, medium in 5-6 feet of water or by fishing deep in 11-12 feet of water.

Shallow fish are holding in backs of pockets on rockpiles or on dropoffs near flooded buckbrush. Use shallow running or rattling crankbaits with a high speed retrieve over rockpiles or adjacent to brush. Medium depth fish are taking spider jigs and grubs on points or wood structure. The deep fish are relating to normal cover such as humps, road beds and ledges near dropoffs.

Crappie anglers are loading coolers, using small minnows over brushpiles and around bridge pilings.

Schools of breaking stripers are being found between Buoy 16 and the Clarksville Bridge, and at the mouth of Bluestone Creek. Trolling Cordell Redfins and Rebel FasTrak minnows along the river channel is producing some good catches of stripers, but don't be surprised if you end up with a 30 pound flathead catfish.

With the advent of cooler weather, water temperatures are dropping. In addition, daylight is getting shorter and this should have the fish turning on and feeding heavily.

Use extra caution and WEAR your PFD as hypothermia can be deadly.

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Friday, October 13, 2017