Despite CRMWD holding the lake to under 53,000 acre feet and not catching a tremendous amount of water she is fishing pretty good. We catch 1000 acre feet of water and CRMWD pumps it out, they have power lines and pumps in the lake bottom so they are not going to lose those apparently, hoping a frog strangler comes in and washes them all away personally.
On to fishing, last weekend flipping for Bass in flooded trees led to catching 2 bass and 20-30 Channel and Mud cats full of eggs, average 2-3 pounds occasionally hooking a 10-15 pounder. This weekend all the cats seem to have disappeared and the bass are finally back. Caught about 25 yesterday flipping open pockets in flood trees in 12-15 feet of water, only fished about 3 hours. Most bass between 12 & 16 inches and there is a lot of them. I am seeing hundreds of bass from fingerlings (that they just stocked) up to 6-8". There has been a couple of great spawns in the last couple of years, evidence is in the number of small fish cruising the shallows. The lake is loaded with shad, big mud minnow's and small perch so they are eating well, also noticed a lot of crawdads on the banks.
The bass are still mainly small but they are really stocky fish and build like a tank. Biggest I have caught is about 3.5#'s (didn't weigh it, just a good guess). Paint Creek and Wildcat creek is capable of launching a boat right now, as well as the ramp at the dam, but I would stay away from the dam to launch. Jet skiers are fairly convinced they own the lake, so beware its been so dry out here most of them have forgotten how to operate safely.