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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:
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.
Cataract Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Cataract Lake at 42 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.
Cataract Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 42 degrees. 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 smallmouth.
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 will just be starting their migrating runs from deep river channels toward major tributaries. They will suspend in open water and channels in deep water and cover on the break lines. Crappie will stage off primary and secondary points this time of year while they are getting ready for spawn. Make sure you don?t forget the river channels, especially with structure and sharp breaks in deep water. Some crappy will hang back in this area waiting to come up to the staging areas. Drifting and slow (REALLY SLOW) trolling with jigs and other artificials work great this time of year. Always look for baitfish schools and concentrate more time when you see the bait.
Cataract Lake Walleye Rating:
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Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Walleye function very well in the colder water temperatures. Try fishing some open flats and definitely use live bait when the water temperature is this low. Plastics with scent added will also produce results, but nothing beats live bait for walleye.
Cataract Lake Catfish Rating:
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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.
Cataract Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
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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.
Cataract Lake White Bass Rating:
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Cataract Lake Striped Bass Rating:
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Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

New Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at the same time of day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The new moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, its always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today?s solar/lunar peaks. Have a great day!


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