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largemouth bass population is thriving in
addition to the hydrilla, the lake is full of boat docks, brush piles,
lay downs, stump fields, and off shore structures such as humps and
largemouth bass in the late summer or early fall is my favorite type
of fishing on
early morning fishing, I always have two of my favorite baits handy, a
spook and a frog. Colors will vary from day to day, but I’ve
found a white and a dark color will work best under the majority of
conditions. When working a spook, I use a “walk-the- dog” type of
retrieval method. This method causes the bait to go back and
forth in a very erratic motion, which can result in some really
ferocious strikes. When working the swimming frog, I
retrieve it with a steady fast action. Depending on the weed
density, I usually cast the frog toward the vegetation and let it sit
for just a few seconds. Using short hopping motions, I reel the
frog back until it reaches the edge of the thicker vegetation. Then I
work the frog fairly quickly back to the boat.
the sun is high and the frog and spook bite start to taper off, the
lake has so much to offer that anglers can fish their strengths and
have a great day doing it. During the midday hours I like
to use a 10 inch Berkley Power Worm with a 3/16-ounce sinker or a
Lunker Lure Triple Rattleback Monster Grass Jig in ½-ounce to ¾-ounce.
On clear days, I use natural colors such as green pumpkin and
watermelon red. For overcast days, I’ll typically use junebug
and black/blue combinations.
also advisable to take a little time and get acquainted with the lake
by using a Lowrance GPS/Sonar system such as a LCX 113C-HD to identify
the contours and to locate underwater structure. When I find a
structure, I work the area with a worm or a jig in the normal fashion,
staying along the weed edge. I’ll cast into the thicker part
of the vegetation and work the bait slowly in an “up and down” or
a “swimming” method back to the boat.
course, largemouth bass isn’t the only fish species that thrives in
crappie and bluegill populations are doing well, and it’s not
uncommon to catch a few between 1 ½ to 2 pounds. For a
productive day, use live bait and target protected areas with lay
downs and scattered grass, working the bait along the weed edges.
When targeting crappie and bluegill, I like to use small crappie jigs
in chartreuse and white color combinations. I typically fish the
jigs vertically over structure such as brush piles.
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