Friday I went out with a couple of clients on a bass fishing trip. I can officially say I’m ready to start fishing mid and down lake. I have been catching some quality bass, but it is hit or miss and starting to get too crowded in the creeks.
I recently have been catching some quality bass with spooks in Fall Creek so we headed past the Fall Creek boat ramp to the stumps in the back. We started down the stumps on the left flat after the water deepens. We cast red and white Heddon spook jr’s and a Livingston green/white squarebill into 2ft while we sat in 4ft-5ft….the water temperature was 62 with 2ft visibility. After fishing down the first stretch of stump with no bites we headed further back to the second row of stumps. Same lures we caught one short fish on the 2nd big stump and another short fish on the right near the spring in the rocks. We headed further back to the stumps that were too shallow, but now that the water has come up a little, there is just enough water to give them a try. The water was SUPER clear back there 3ft visibility and 62 degrees. We came up to the old rock point on the left where there is a GIANT stump at the end of it. My client made a long cast along side the stump and as the spook walked in front of it….BOOM…2.5lb! We finished fishing that stump and started down the stumps on the right on the channel ledge. Next two stumps two more short fish. I made a few cast along the bluff wall on the left and caught 3 bass right on the bank. As we reached the end of the bluff and the channel starts to swing to the right again we cast to the many stumps on the right. First cast my client made….SLAM ..giant fish on! He fought it to the boat, but it unbuttoned half way back. Few cast later another decent fish off a stump! It seemed like the bass decided to just move back further in the creek. We came up to a big stump just under the water on the right and I made a long cast with my spook. I walked it up to the stump and KABOOM!!!! I began fighting one of the biggest fish I have had on all year! She came up and jumped 10ft from the boat as my jaw dropped. We netted the lunker and then smiled at the 7+ largemouth! We fished as far back as we could, about 100 from the 840 bridge before it got too shallow. We fished back through the stumps catching a few more decent ones before we packed up.
Next we moved to the back of Stewarts Creek at the boat ramp. We started 50 yards before the ramp on the left where the rocks are on the channel ledge. There is also a big tree in the water on the bank. Fishing with one spook and 1/8oz shaky heads with green trick worms we caught 3, including one keeper. The water was not as clear at 1.5ft vis and 63 degrees. We fished down towards the boat ramp and caught 2 more on those rocks on shaky heads green/purple flake. We idled around the back of the island and fished the big boulder rocks and caught 4 more there, including 1 keeper….all on trick worms. Out last spot was the big rocks in the middle of the channel next to the rip rip. There we caught 4 more, including another decent keeper!
Our time had expired and we had to head in. All and all……great day. The bass are filling up with eggs and starting to bed. The full moon the other night pushed a ton of bass up to spawn. Unless you really want to fish deep, you should be in no deeper than 6ft for the next several weeks.
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