Bull Shoals Lake

Tucker Hollow 7/16/16

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 17th, 2016
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Haunted by Bill Babbler’s tale of big Bluegill offshore with a Yellow Perch thrown in I found myself dragging the Bass Cat to Tucker Hollow this morning. It was cool(ish) early and not crowded, but the one other guy there managed to make a two lane ramp and one at a time deal. SMH. Cost me a few minutes, but NBD.

water temp was 82.9 before 7 am. Water had 5 foot visibility. Partly cloudy with a little breeze out of the W/SW.


There is a topwater bite. I had some nice chunky LMB on a Super Spook Jr. I caught some smaller LMB schooling out over 80 FOW. Lots of schools of them playing that game, but most groups were low numbers of fish that seemed late for a party. They would come up and feed, but be gone before you could get there to screw with them. One group was quite a bit larger and stayed up long enough for me to get a cast in. I also got one on a 3 inch swim bait after the school was sub surface. The schooling fish I caught were 10 inches or so.

About 0930 I started looking for the bluegill. The ones I found were in 18-25 FOW on deep flats near the channel drop off. I was in the Horseshoe Bend area. There are lots of them to throw at. Lots of water fits the bill and the fish are scattered roaming it. I had some nice ones and I had some small ones. I spent a lot of time trying to make them eat fake stuff, but they eat natural baits better. Sadly, it wasn’t even close. I always want to try other stuff, but my numbers would have been better with a drop shot an red worms full time. No yellow perch for me.

I quit fishing about 1 PM. The ramp was a disaster for such a small number of boats coming and going. A couple of well intentioned mom’s were watching there kids swim on the boat ramp. I just shook my head. I’m going to guess they would give me crap for having my boat in the swimming area, but seem to have no clue what they were doing wasn’t a great idea.

Ended up catching a bunch of panfish and more bass than I expected. I brought one deep hooked bluegill home for my cat. Other fished were released.

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