Most rivers and streams are running full and muddy throughout the state. The upper ends of lakes are in various stages of staining and incoming tributaries are showing lots of mud. Boaters need to be alert when boating, particularly on swollen rivers.
Buggs Island Lake level is at 302.4 and slowly falling. The most consistent pattern for bass is Zoom Centipedes in pumpkinseed or watermelon seed, light sinkers, light line, fished on rocky bluffs. Some bass are located in the backs of coves. Most are suspended a couple of feet down, in ten feet of water. They are orienting to the willow bushes and downed wood. Buzzbaits and Zara Spooks are taking good fish in the early morning, while plastic worms and jig 'n pig flipped into the willows, or spinnerbaits in the buckbrush, are taking good fish during the day.
Crappie may be found on bridge pilings and catfish are biting everything in sight. Cut shad or chicken livers in shallow water are the ticket for the cats.
Striper fishing at the base of Kerr Dam is excellent. Fish to 18 pounds are not unusual. The key is determining when the gates are open. When only one gate is open, fishing is excellent. When more than one is open, fishing shuts down.