Jewell State Fishing Lake Fishing Report -
Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches Anglers should target fish around the brush piles and Georgia cubes.  The fish may still be caught in shallow water on occasion, but will be in 10-20 feet of water for the most part.  Anglers should fish with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows for best results.
Largemouth Bass Slow 13-22 inches

Winter fishing for bass can be slow, but fish can still be caught.  Bass can be found lakewide, but islands of phragmites and cattails just off the bank seem to hold the best numbers with open pockets in the middle of tall vegetation also being key locations to target bass.  Soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Ned rigs are all good options to try for bass this time of year.

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.  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

Bluegill

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.

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.  Fly fishing with a variety of nymphs and wet flies should also be productive.

General Comments

The lake is full and running over on January 4th and is 100% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  There will be a new regulation for all sunfish species beginning in January 2019.  Fish between 6 and 9 inches must be immediately released.  There is no limit on the number of fish less than 6 inches, but anglers are limited to only 5 fish greater than 9 inches per day.  This applies to bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and their hybrids.

Water temperature: 100% Ice Covered

Water level: FULL