10/28/16 Prospect Report: Bushwhacker Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

Take Highway 43, 2.5 miles south of Bronaugh to Zodiac Road.  Go east on Zodiac Road one mile.

Largemouth bass are very abundant at the 157-acre Bushwhacker Lake, but most are smaller than 15 inches. Anglers are encouraged to harvest their limit of 6 bass less than 12 inches long per day. A slot length limit protects 12 to 15-inch bass from harvest.  Anglers can expect 7 to 8-inch bluegill. Redear sunfish continue to do well and anglers can find good numbers up to 9 or 10 inches. Fishing shoreline areas and coves during April and May with small spinners and small crankbaits, such as artificial crayfish, is a productive method to catch both bass and sunfish. Once shallow waters become warm in June and July, anglers may be more successful using worms and slip bobbers around flooded trees. White and black crappie exist in the lake, but black crappie are more abundant. Anglers are encouraged to harvest their daily limit of 30 crappie per day. Crappie angling is best using minnows and jigs during April and May. Channel catfish angling should be good especially in early summer. The lake is stocked with channel catfish every other year and received a stocking of over 3000 channel catfish in 2015 and will likely be stocked with 8 to 12-inch channel catfish again in the fall of 2017.  Catfish anglers should try using stinkbaits or chicken livers, and fishing from the jetties or the dam in the evening. The daily limit for channel catfish is 4.