After a few painful weeks, the last few days have been outstanding. One of our season pass holders, who has been fishing the lake regularly, said yesterday may have been his best day ever. Whether it’s the weather, our new aeration system, or simply that the bass have moved into their more predictable summer feeding patterns, the overall level of activity is way up.
Spinnerbaits, texas rigged senkos, and lipless crankbaits have been productive, with throwing into or near structure a must for finding quality bass.
In addition to a strong bass bite, crappie also continue to deliver with one boat yesterday picking up 21, in addition to 11 bass and 2 catfish. Just like our bass, our crappie also tend to be big and fat with many hitting the same crankbaits as the bass. Strong numbers have been showing up near the mouth of the channel, above and below the falls, around the crappie towers and between the peninsulas. Try In-line spinners they have also been working well.
The catfish activity has also been excellent recently with multiple bass fishermen picking up double digit channel cats. If you are targeting the cats, productive baits include anchovies, cut carp/tilapia, and occasionally worms (catching catfish with worms typically produces smaller sized fish). Cats can be found almost anywhere but they frequent the outlet of the channel, under overhanging trees along the east and south side of the lake, near reeds in the channel and along the southern peninsula.
Tilapia are an exceedingly difficult species to target, which can be maddening because of their number, size, and visibility. Currently, the tilapia are crowding the shore and on beds in the throat of the inlet on the lake side of the crossing. They are being caught with worms as well as small spinners.
Flathead catfish are not currently being targeted by many anglers. Targeting flatheads can be challenging as you need not only the right bait but also the right gear. Try using small live carp or tilapia, but also make sure you have at least 60 pound braid as several flathead over 30 pounds have been caught.
Carp are a very easy and fun fish to catch for at Hidden Lake. Common carp, grass carp, mirror carp, and brown goldfish are all available in good numbers. Anglers can have much success carolina rigging a small treble (size 6 or 8) with bread or corn. They can also be targeted with worms, but bread is consistently more productive. Try making some homemade bread balls and chum with bread.
Panfish at Hidden Lake provide a fun experience for children. Species of panfish that can be caught include Green Sunfish, Bluegill, and Rio Grande Cichlids. While targeting panfish it is important to use small hooks such as size 4 plain shanks. Two of the most effective rigs for panfish include carolina rigged nightcrawlers and the use of a micro jigs along rock structures.
We continue to work off of reservations so please book online. Boat reservations may launch at 5AM. Hope to see you on the lake soon!