FISHING REPORT FOR LAKE PALESTINE By Ally Hippe
Lake Palestine will have rain this week. Rain aerates the surface water and often has a cooling effect, both of which can activate fish.
Crappie Crappie are caught on jigs tipped with minnows or rosy reds in a depth of 18 to 24 feet of water. Most crappie are currently in the 12 to 16 ft. range. Crappie are found in timber along the riverbed.
Rain changes the water temperature rapidly. Crappie will move to where the temperature is to their liking. It is still possible to catch crappie after a rain. Move out to deeper water near structure and use brighter colored jigs that show up better in the muddy water.
Bass Bass normally do well on crankbaits.
Fishing for bass in the rain is a great opportunity to enjoy a feeding frenzy. Rain creates cloudy water and stronger currents. When the water is cloudy, there is less of a chance that bass will detect your presence, and they’ll be more prone to take your bait. Fish the surface for bass. If you are fishing in the pouring rain, fish the top of the water. Try using a buzz bait or jitterbug. On a rainy day, spinners step up to a whole new level.
Catfish Catfish are all over the lake. When it rains, catfish feed. Look for areas where you have a lot of run-off into a creek or bayou. Use chicken liver and dead shrimp for bait.