The Fish Sniffer - Marina Area Kicks Out Big Trout
Marina Area Kicks Out Big Trout

Written By: Garry Erck, February 6, 2014
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Englebright Reservoir, Bullards Bar Reservoir,

Englebright‘s trout pen program has sure paid off, as big holdover trout become more common – angler success climbs.  Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reports that an 8-¾ pound trout was taken this week.  

“Angler Nick Daviscourt fooled this big rainbow with a crawler/Power Egg combo under a bobber in the Marina.  Other anglers have seen trout to over four pounds – the bite is on at Englebright,” said Rogers.

Rick Kennedy of Tightlines Guide Service reported that trollers working Englebright will find top-line tactics effective. 

“Trollers should look to the east shoreline and long-line a Sep’s Strikemaster or Sidekick with a nightcrawler or give a #1 Flatfish in frog green a shot – these have been doing real well lately,” he reported. “We are finding that trolling has been slow – with about a dozen hookups a day.”

Leven at Emerald Cove Marina reported that anglers will find hit or miss launching access at Dark Day.

“The mud has hardened up at the Dark Day ramp and some anglers are finding launching doable – I cannot recommend big boats going there – but as lake levels have steadied, the mud just off Dark Day is drying quickly,” said Leven. “If you can launch, I would recommend heading to the North Fork and pulling a red or orange Wedding Ring tipped with a nightcrawler.”

Bass anglers are seeing a tough bite – but some bass are falling for jigs, tossing them from the boat to the shore and working shallow to deep in water about thirty feet deep, Leven noted.

Bullards Bar is at 43% capacity, while Englebright stands at 95% of capacity.

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