Jewell State Fishing Lake Fishing Information
|| Baits, Method, Location
|| Good to Excellent
|| 8-11 inches
The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2016 fall sample. There are also a few 11-13 inch fish as well, but they are not as common. This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow. Anglers will have success fishing crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
The crappie spawn is underway and anglers should be able to have good success over the next several weeks catching spawning crappie in the shallows. Look for them off the end of the jetties or in protected coves with ample vegetation. A jig and minnow is the best way to catch these guys, but jigs fished under a bobber also work well.
| Channel Catfish
|| Fair to Good
|| 11-25 inches
The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now. Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.
Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now. Anglers are encouraged to target them in shallow coves and areas of inflow. The upper end could be a great place to try as the water warms up during spring.
| Fair to Good
|| 6-11 inches
The bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this fall.
Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this fall. There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-9 inch fish and fair numbers of 10 to 11 inch fish.
| Largemouth Bass
|| 10-21 inches
We recently conducted our annual bass sample and the numbers look much better compared to the 2016 sample. Good numbers of 16-18 inch fish are available with fish up to 21 inches or 5 pounds collected. There are also several younger year classes of small fish which will help the population in the next couple of years.
White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish. The bass currently spawning which means the males will be found shallow and aggressively guarding their nest. This can be a great time to catch some nice bass, but remember to handle these fish with care.
| General Comments
Water temperature: 65°F
Water level: FULL
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* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
****Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish in combination