For the week ending Oct. 9; water temperature 70

As it has been most of the summer, catfishing is the only game in town. The same pattern is still holding up, fly-lined mackerel, packaged dough baits and chicken livers are still taking quality fish to 8 pounds. Backs of coves, especially ones with creek channels have been the best locales. Bass fishing remains inconsistent, if you can find an active school, spooning has been the best way to target the smallies and largies. There has been a spotty top water bite early; the top lures being poppers, spooks and buzzbaits. Bluegill once again are plentiful in shallow brushy areas. Mealworms, red worms and gulp maggots fished under a bobber the best technique. Crappie, red ear and carp have all been slow. Trout fishing has been suffering as well, but we do have a 5,000-pound plant of rainbow trout slated for Nov. 4.

Ken Hemer