Cedar Bluff Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs or minnows over steep drop-offs up in. or near. mouths of coves or over the tops of the shallower fish attractors.  Drifting minnows along the face of the dam has been productive too.  Fish have been suspending in 20 to 25 feet of water so selecting lures and/or weighting options that result in a good presentation at depth is important.  The bite was slower this past week likely due to a shift towards a cooler more unstable weather pattern, but of the fish reported most were in the 12 to 13 inch range.  A 10 inch minimum length limit and 50 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate crappie harvest.
Walleye Slow Up to 28 inches No Recent Report.  A 21 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate walleye harvest.
White Bass/Wipers Good/Excellent

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Wipers and white bass are busting young gizzard shad on the surface mainly early and late.  This activity was more sporadic and schools didn't stay on the surface as long as last week.  If surfacing activity is negligible, it's a pretty good bet whites and wipers are feeding subsurface.  This year's bluegill hatch has really showed up over the past two weeks and both species are feeding on small bluegills too.  Both forage fish are pretty small at this point with shad running approximately 1.5 to 2.5 inches and bluegill about 0.50 to 0.75 inches each.  Matching lure size with forage fish size is critical to success.  Casting small jigs, spoons, and top-water baits into surfacing schools of whites and wipers can be effective.  Otherwise, vertically fishing small jigs and spoons over the fish attractors or deeper drop-offs is a good place to start.  Fish are suspended in water depths between 15 to 25 feet below the surface.  Anglers continue to report catching good numbers of white bass with a few wipers mixed in.  Most white bass are running from 11 to 14 inches and wipers from 3 to 5 lbs.


SURFACE ELEVATION- 2134.24 ft. above MSL-9.76 ft. below conservation pool

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

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