Fishing ForeCast: Best days to fish in August, plus weather predictions, lake reports and lake levels

GRAPHIC BY JOSH ROUSE/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

Anglers will have about a week of fantastic fishing opportunities to kick off the month before things start to cool down, according to the Farmer’s Almanac’s Fishing Calendar.

 

The first few days of August will be slow for anglers, but will soon pick up the pace beginning on Aug. 4. The calendar, which rates fishing conditions on a scale of Poor, Fair, Good and Best, forecasts that anglers will have two “Good” days of fishing, followed by five “Best” days of fishing. Morning fishing will provide the best bites Aug. 1-6, but evening fishing will be the way to go beginning the week of Aug. 7. Morning fishing will be better the following week, Aug. 14-20, and evening fishing will again be the best Aug. 21-28.

However, conditions look to be poor for the most part after the mornings of Aug. 17-18, the last two days of the month that are rated “Best” by the calendar. The mornings of Aug. 26-27 are rated as “Good,” but almost all of the remaining days will be “Poor.”

The Fishing Calendar is based on the phase of the moon, the zodiac sign the moon is in, and experience. Local conditions, tides, and weather may have an affect.

There are relatively few hot days left, according to Accuweather.com. The website predicts just four more days of 90-degree weather, three of which coincide with the week’s worth of great fishing at the beginning of the month (Aug. 5, Aug. 8 and Aug. 10). Humidity is set to move in beginning Monday, Aug. 7, with rains and storms possible throughout the week after a fairly pleasant start to the month. Aug. 14 looks to be the last 90-degree day, but the temperature will mostly remain in the upper 80s throughout the end of the month and into the second week of September.

Lake reports

— Fishing is fair at Holton’s Banner Creek for most species, with channel catfish up to 12 pounds being caught on cut bait, stink bait or livers.

— Clinton Reservoir in Lawrence is still seeing moderate crappie action near submerged trees in the Wakarusa arm, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Fish are being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water, and most keepers are 12.5 inches and bigger. Conditions for channel and blue catfish, as well as wipers, are reported as being fair to good in the reservoir, as well.

— Good white bass action is being seen right now at Jeffrey Energy Center’s makeup lake, with fair to good wiper action at the auxilliary lake and fish weighing up to 12 pounds being caught.

— Melvern Reservoir has good channel catfish, smallmouth and white bass fishing and fair walleye fishing drifting jigs or nightcrawlers on fish weighing up to 4 pounds. Channel cats get up to 5 pounds and have been reported biting on shad sides and cut baits. Jigs and crankbaits working well on smallies.

— Milford Reservoir is seeing good action on smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and catfish up to 60 pounds near channel ledges in the middle/lower portions of the lake. Smallies are being caught on deep, rocky points and bluffs, while largemouths are sticking to the creek arm points.

— Lake Olathe has a good channel catfish bite on fish weighing up to 5 pounds and fair largemouth bass fishing on fish up to 6 pounds. Crappie, saugeye and wiper are all slow at this location.

— Lake Shawnee in Topeka is only seeing fair fishing conditions for largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.

— Perry Reservoir in Jefferson County still has good catfishing available below the dam, as well as in the main lake, and is seeing fish up to 10 pounds. Bass fishing is fair, and blue catfish up to 25 pounds also can be caught drifting along the flats.

— Pomona Reservoir is seeing good channel catfish action near the feeders and near the outlet during water release. Bites for most other species are slow.

— Pottawatomie County Lake, a 49-acre lake in northeast Pottawatomie County, has fairly good action right now with fishing conditions similar to that of a farm pond. Bass 13 to 18 inches are protected on this lake.

— Nearby, Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 1 has good largemouth bass action on fish ranging from half a pound to 5 pounds, though catfish and crappie are slow. Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 2 has a good channel cat population weighing three-quarters of a pound up to 3 pounds.

— Rocky Ford Fishing Area south of Tuttle Creek has seen good fishing lately for catfish, white bass, wipers and drum. Wipers up to 8 pounds have been caught just below the dam and drum up to 5 pounds are abundant in the fishery on the Big Blue River. Catfish up to 20 pounds can be caught on fresh cut bait.

— Shawnee State Fishing Lake in northwest Shawnee County has had fair-to-good largemouth bass fishing, with fish weighing up to five pounds, and good channel catfish conditions, with fish averaging a half-pound to 4 pounds. Crappie fishing is fair on the lake, but there are few keepers. Anecdotally, bass have been caught close to shore using worms, while catfish are hanging around feeders.

— Tuttle Creek has good catfishing right now on fish measuring up to 40 pounds, but most other species of fish aren’t biting nearly as well.

Lake levels

Reservoir … Pool … Elev. … Dis.

Milford … 1,144.4 … 1,143.63 … 1,000

Tuttle Creek … 1,075 … 1,075.60 … 1,000

Perry … 891.5 … 892.91 … 25

Clinton … 875.5 … 877.14 … 21

Pomona … 974 … 974.85 … 15

Melvern … 1,036 … 1,036.25 … 20

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