Jewell State Fishing Lake Fishing Report -
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 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 2017 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 nearly lake wide.

There have already been a few crappie caught this spring, but fishing is generally slow until April when warmer water temperatures move the fish shallow for the spawn.

Largemouth Bass Fair 10-21 inches

Largemouth bass fishing should begin to improve as the water continues to warm this spring.  Fishing white and chartreuse spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, Senkos, and small crankbaits are all good options to catch some bass in March and April before they move in shallow to spawn.

There is now an 18 inch Minimum length limit on all bass in Jewell!!!

Channel Catfish Slow 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 have been catching them off the jetties and the boat dock.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish!


Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-9 inches

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 10 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-8 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 10 inch fish.

Anglers may be able to catch a few bluegill and redear sunfish now, but the action should really pick up in April as the water temperatures continue to warm.  For now, traditional fishing with a worm and bobber around the jetties and other cover may be the best way to catch some of these guys.

General Comments
ATTENTION ANGLERS!  Beginning January 1, 2018, the new minimum length limit on largemouth bass will be 18 inches at Jewell.  ALL largemouth bass less than 18 inches will need to be released immediately. 

Water temperature: 44°F

Water level: 1.5 feet low