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Lake Rathbun Sponsored by
Date 03-Sep-16
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Conditions : Lake Rathbun: The current lake level is 905.39 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. The current surface water temperature is in the upper 70's °F. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Walleye - Slow: Fishing remains slow; anglers are still catching walleye, just not as many at each spot. Most of the walleye action has been on crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Target submerged points and rock piles. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits that resemble gizzard shad. Rathbun also contains hybrid striped bass (wipers); use the same used for white bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait. With the recent rains, target areas where water is flowing into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in a suspended summer pattern; troll crankbaits for best results.

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