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Lake Rathbun Sponsored by
Date 19-Nov-17
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Conditions : Lake Rathbun: The current lake level is 903.53 msl. The water temperature is 45 degrees. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. All docks and the fish cleaning stations have been removed for the year. The ramps at the Rathbun marina are closed for the season. White Crappie - Slow: Use jigs around structure and along the rip-rapped shorelines. Channel Catfish - Slow: Use nightcrawlers or cut bait. Walleye - Slow: Troll crankbaits that mimic shad in areas with a variation in depths. Try also trolling nightcrawler rigs. Some fish will start to move shallow with the cooler temperatures.

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