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Revisitted: High water/Current/ Low O2/ Ideas?

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Ran into this same scenario about a month ago up at grand, and now the same thing is happening at texoma. Extended period of high water has caused O2 levels to drop sharply due to veggie rotting. Lots of shallow flooded cover, but no fish...or dead fish, the gar and shad are even leavin the shallow water. Surface Water temps not too bad, somewhere around mid 80's. Fish kill has begun to happen in the last few days, and will more than likely run for a couple of weeks considering what Ive seen in the past on tex. Im seeing quite a few non micropertus species cruisin belly up. The lake has some current runnin through it to the tune of about 35k CFS which is not quite enough to form eddies on the surface on point and pilings, but enough to move your boat a little if there isnt any wind. So where are the BASS? I find huge piles of fish and bait sittin on a hard line at 17ft on or near the channel breaks as would be expected. Upon stickin some of these fish while crankin I find they tend to be Stripers, sandies, and blues. This is a must figure out situation due to the fact I have already paid the entry fee, and need the points for the championship. My thoughts: Head toward the dam and find- Predominant south wind= bait on north/ southerly exposed edges (banks and drops). Combine this with outside channel beds that intersect these edges for a wind current/ channel current effect which helps to escape the O2 depletion. Only deal is when I find and fish these spots (not just with cranks) I hit the motherload of paper thin stripers, and sand bass. There is an occasional smallie or spot mixed in, but not consistent enough to run a pattern. Also, I have around 50-60 brushpiles placed and located  from the past several years and they are located in the areas I previously described yet are holding no fish or very few very small fish. The only keeper large head I have stuck had a 6 or 7 lb head and weighed right at 3...bones showin everywhere. Flippin/ Frogin is not an option, I have burned through miles of flooded willows, hardwoods, and "brush" without so much as a nibble. And here is another curve ball, 6+ inch rains in west and central oklahoma have swelled the washita and red rivers so instead of the lake continuing to drop...thats right its movin back up into the stinkin' rotting (literally) woods again. With H2O temps in the mid 80s (probably mid 70s at 15-17ft) those fish have got to eat and must be or they would all be cruisin belly up. SO what do you do...Im stumped, after a solid 40 or so hours over the past several days out there, all I can figure out is random fish and there, no correlation in the conditions or postions. HELP!!!!

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There are times when the better option is to stay home. On my home water (Tennessee River) it's too  hot to fish, period. The water temperature is 92 degrees, air temperatur 101-107, heat index in the teens and the fish are not biting. My partner has guided three, eight hour trips during this heat wave and caught a total of five small stripers. He cancelled trips this week.

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Stayin home is not an option....there is grass to mow, and a pool to clean and a list of hunny do's Ive been puttin off all spring and summer long....cant get caught up in that right now...GOTTA fish!!

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