Fishing around the shoreline can be very rewarding at nearly all times during the each fishing season.
Early in the season, crappie will move to shallow water and hold around shoreline cover. They will hold around these areas until the hot summer temperatures make it too stressful to stay in shallow areas.
But with the cooler temperatures we have had lately, the fishing has really gotten good on shoreline cover. On a recent fishing trip to Carr Creek Lake, we were fishing from the boat for bluegill and had a great day. The fish were very active and we caught a lot of different fish, from bluegill to bass to catfish.
I do not do a lot of fishing for catfish, but I like to catch a nice one every now and then. While fishing off the boat after dark last week and having caught a few small catfish, I made a cast with a nightcrawler up close to a laid-down tree. As soon as my line hit the water it took off hard toward deeper water. I was fishing with a light action rod and it was all it would do to hold the big fish. After a good fight I saw the fish come up. At first I thought it might be a nice size bass, but then I saw the old whiskers come up and I knew it was a big catfish.
Finally, I got it in and it was a 5-pound 20-inch channel cat that was a really nice fish. This just goes to show how productive fishing shoreline cover can be.