PARKER STRIP: Smallmouth bite is hot right now on the Parker Strip. Several anglers over the weekend had success with both nightcrawlers and even soft baits. Water temps are still cool -- in the low to mid 60s. Worms were also working well for the large hybrid redears known to occupy this stretch of river.
The Parker Strip is currently being drawn down (about 1 vertical foot) for annual maintenance on the canals on the reservation water system and waterfront properties. It should be raised back up to normal winter levels on Monday, Jan. 19.
Falling overnight temperatures should start slowing the catfish bite down. The strip is home to both flatheads and more commonly channel catfish. Channels cats can be found throughout the strip but are typically in the areas with shoreline vegetation. A variety of stink baits can be productive as are goldfish or small bluegills for both species of catfish.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass are also found up and down the river. Many anglers have switched to sight fishing as water clarity has significantly increased since the introduction of the aquatic invasive quagga mussel.