Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:
Bass fishing continues to gain momentum for both size and numbers. Although steady action can be had with the usual finesse plastics, Jigs and smaller glide baits have produced some bigger than average Bass lately. Crankbaits, jerkbaits and Alabama rigs have also been productive in the twenty to thirty foot depth zone. Rocky points and 45 degree banks are holding good numbers of fish as the Bass are thinking about moving up to spawn. Next week’s full moon should start the annual migration to the shallows when secondary points leading into spawning areas will come into play.
We are finding two to four pound “schoolies” in the thirty to fifty foot zone as they move up from deep water onto the ridges to feed. The larger fish have been tougher to come by, but anglers putting in their time with bigger swimbaits are getting rewarded when conditions are in their favor. Yak flies and 1oz. KastMasters trolled slowly on fly-coring rigs are still the best way to put fish in the boat on most days. The Ski Arm around Kong Island and the Fish Arm in Elizabeth Bay continue to be our go-to areas.
High winds most of the week saw most anglers switch to shore fishing. Jigs, Ned rigs and finesse plastics in green pumpkin or watermelon hues are doing the trick, with most fish running in the two to four pound class. Look for this small piece of water to be a big player this Spring and early Summer when water temps get into the sixties. Stay tuned.
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Down 30+ feet and holding steady since December
Jim – www.661Fishing.com
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The Oxblood and Morning Dawn patterns are working better in the stained water or mud lines, and I switch to the more translucent colors like Neptune Shad, Watermelon Candy and Purple Smoke in the clearer areas. Netting Shad for bait remains difficult as the falling water is keeping them off the bank for now. Hopefully they will come shallow when the lake stabilizes in a month or two.