Well the water has finally got up into the 80's and as I expected the deeper bite is starting to heat up. You can still catch some fish in the 5-10' water early and on cloudy days but my best depths have been 14-18'. Just as the reports from other lakes, plenty of short fish to weed through and I do not see that changing but it is a good thing. Plenty of seed for the next few years.
I still have noticed that the larger fish seem to be a bit deeper on a spot and will often bite last. You may catch 8-10 short fish on a piece of structure before you catch a keeper.
Submerged timber and standing timber seems to hold better fish than brush piles and the dam has produced lately at times.
At the dam I drag a 1/8 ounce jig right along the bottom slowing bouncing it on the rocks. I look for individual fish or groups of 3-5 fish and pick them off then move until I see another fish or two hanging right on the bottom. Have not noticed and large schools but if they are willing its a decent pattern good for 20-30 good fish in a trip. If I don't catch a few pretty quick I abandon that and go find something else. 14-17' has been the depth along dam. If you
stumble on some brush even better.
It's a run and gun approach right now. 1-3 keepers at a spot and move. As the water keeps warming I hope they will group up better but this may be the pattern for awhile.
100 fish and 20-30 keepers is a normal day and several 1.50-1.80# and usually a 2# or 2 fish a trip.
White/chart and sour grape/chart has been our best colors. Once water hits 88 degrees I will start adding a piece of cut shad or cut minnow to entice the bite a little but no need for any of that just yet.
It's a good time to get out and see a lot of the lake and really hone your jig fishing skills
. I have some openings next week and I offer some evening working man trips.
I'm running some timber trips on Fork and Lewisville also.
Good luck and stay safe