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Welcome to Cataract 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. Cataract 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!
Maximum Depth (ft):
Normal Elevation (ft):
Inpoundment Type:
Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
State Park
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Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 68
is the water toooo high to put in this weekend? may 6th 2027
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 54
Crappie were biting at about 20 foot deep on drop offs on crappie rigs. Mostly small fish but pulled in about 25 in 3 hours
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Going out tomorrow, thursday..17th, will let you know how the crappie are feeding fri.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature:
Crappie are hitting great fish 18 feet of they are hitting crank baits real good or anything chartreuse, chartreuse and white , even red are good. We fish crappie tourneys there last week 7 fish is weight in and we had 4.77 lbs with seven biggest. Probably caught over 40 with three of us on a boat.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 84
Terrible right now. No bites. We tried everything at all times. Everyone we talked to were empty handed as well. Water clarity is less than 12 inches not even close to the 3 to 6 feet this webpage states. Water temp is 84 degrees. Dog days of summer.
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 63
Water is very high check with Dnr about level. We went this morning we couldnot launch and the water looked like chocolate milk.
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 63
Crappies in 12-15 feet of water going for jigging or slow drifting. Wind generally drifts too fast. Jig color not critical.
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Cataract 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. Largemouth 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. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With the water temperature at 51 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Cataract Lake Crappie Rating:
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- Flood control lake often very high in the spring.
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
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Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The walleye spawn is in full swing now. With Walleye spawning grounds generally on gravel and rocky bottoms and preferring clean water. Try throwing reaction type baits up in the shallows. Rip-Rap, damns, rocky bottom points are perfect to hit. Try fishing some faster crank baits and spinners this time of year. As always fall back to the standard walleye fishing tactics, but it won?t hurt bringing out the bass gear in search for spawning walleyes. In this water temperature, always be safe on the water.
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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.
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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.
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Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.


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