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  • cold front fishing :: saturday plans?

    Posted by simplecircuit on December 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I’m planning to fish Priest on Saturday.
    Clearly, this not going to be a “prime” day to be on the water with highs topping out in the upper 30s and wind out of the N/NE. With this being the first really cold day after an unseasonable warming trend, what would you guys do? Typically, I would try to find a bluff wall out of the wind and fish a drop shot or drag a jig around. However, 24hrs doesn’t seem like quite enough time to move fish into this typical winter pattern. Brian, Degaman, Rolltidech – what would you guys focus on? BTW, I’ll be on the lower end of the lake as usual.

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  • degaman

    December 5, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I know what I’d do… stay inside and watch football :O) Protected bluffs sounds like a good idea. Also, any point that has abrupt depth changes, i.e., either side of the big island of Hotel-Motel might work. Smallies don’t seem to be as affected by a cold front as largemouth. Anything representing a crawfish, or a 4″ grub, spinner bait (especially if it’s windy) or maybe even a jerk bait can entice a brown fish to strike. Jigging a spoon could also be productive for lethargic fish.

    My son and I fished today and caught 6 with 4 keepers, largest 3.5lb. All were caught in shallow water (2 in the cove with the large sign across from Fate Sanders) on a Tennessee Rig. There was a slew of bait fish at the entrance to Spring Creek.

  • Brian

    December 5, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Surprisingly, I like to TRY shallow the first day a cold front hits after a warm front. Years ago I fished a BFL tournament on Wheeler Lake and the same thing happened. One the second day of the tournament a cold front hit and everyone moved out into deeper water(which is a productive pattern), but the guy I was with went into shallow pockets and fished a buzzbait off boat ramps and had a lot of big bites!

    I am curious what the water temperature will be tomorrow and what it drop to. The other day I was mid and down lake fishing with the blade bait and it was 50-51. I’m guessing it will be 53-55 tomorrow. I am going out tomorrow and going to start mid lake and work down lake. I plan on casting spooks, buzzbaits and shad raps(ssr and sr) into shallow water 2ft-5ft.

    If I were you I would try shallow for a little while and then go to the bluff walls and deeper structure….6ft-8ft. Maybe down size to shaky heads, small jigs or drop shots.

    I’ll post a report tomorrow. Hopefully it goes well!!!

  • rolltidech

    December 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I would try shallow also but I’m a shallow water fisherman anyway.
    I like to use KVD 1.5 a lot this time of year (Gizzard Shad Black Back).
    I would also try rattle trap and #5 Shad Rap..

    Chuck Howell

  • blockel

    December 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Let us know how it goes. I’m going to try to make it out on Sunday.

  • Brian

    December 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Good day on lake today. Report coming after babies go to bed.

  • degaman

    December 8, 2013 at 2:08 am

    So, how did you do today Simple?

  • simplecircuit

    December 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I didn’t go…
    My wife has been feeling under the weather the past couple of weeks – nothing serious just a chest cold. So, I took the easy way out and stayed home instead of braving the elements. I wish I had gone though, it looks like they caught them pretty decent in the Saturday Morning tournament out of Fate Sanders.

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