Rathbun Lake

Current Temperature:

Est Water Temperature:
51° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.04 (Falling)

Wind Speed:
East at 08 Knots (9 MPH)

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Rathbun Lake General Information
Welcome to FishingNotes.com Rathbun Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Rathbun Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!


Inpoundment Type:

Surface Area (acres):

Lake Management:
Army Corps



Water Clarity:
1-3 ft

Water Temp Factors:

Maximum Depth (ft):

Normal Elevation (ft):

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Rathbun Lake Community Fishing Reports
Species: Catfish
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature:
live bait has been bring in the big ones , remember want big fish use big bait and bobbers are the ticket ,let that bait swim.
Rathbun Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 51 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
Rathbun Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Rathbun Lake at 51 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Smallmouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Smallmouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Rathbun Lake Crappie Fishing

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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie fishing should be getting good to great now. Crappie function excellent in 51 degree water. Crappie will be nicely bunched up still and moving more aggresively than when the water temperature is in the 35 to 50 degree range. With baitfish getting more active, the crappie fishing will be good. Good luck today!
Rathbun Lake Walleye Fishing

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Rathbun Lake Catfish Fishing

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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Rathbun Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
Rathbun Lake White Bass Fishing

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Rathbun Lake Striped Bass Fishing

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Rathbun Lake Trout Fishing

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Rathbun Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be a new moon coming up here in a few days. The fisherman should never use this as an excuse to not get on the water. The affects of the moon can only enhance the outcome of a day's fishing not decrease potential catch for today. On days without the new or full moon, all other factors including weather, barometric pressure, wind and cloud cover will make up today's equation for success.
08:20 CST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

17:41 CST

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