With my boat still in the shop I was able to convince one of my guides to get out in the freezing weather yesterday morning.
We started in the West Fork where we launched the boat. The water temperature is 46 degree with 4 to 5 foot visibility. We started at the blown-out bridge and fished the left rock bluff wall with 1/4oz blk/pur jigs and 1/4oz shaky heads with red trick worms…….no action. When we reached the end of the bluff where it transitions into the mud flat I tried swimbaits, shaky hands, jigs, and Alabama rigs without a single bite. I moved over to the point on the right side of the channel and Eric caught a 18.5 inch smallmouth on a shaky head. A few minutes later later Eric caught another bass (this one was short). All these fish were sitting in 8 to 10 feet on the rocks
We trolled up further into the Fork fishing the bluff wall on the right, followed by all the bluff walls going up further to the little bridge a thousand yards up. Total, we caught 5 bass. The other 3 were short as well. On each bluff wall we tried Alabama rigs, shaky heads with a zoom trick worm in red bug pattern, Hoppy’s 1/4oz Flea Flicker jigs in green and black with a green and red craw trailer. We kept boat in anywhere from 10 to 18 feet of water while we either flipped he rocks or cast the Alabama Rig way up in front of the boat and let it sink down near the bottom before retrieving. I did have 5 solid bites on the Alabama Rig that did not hook up. One of them we saw twice right at the boat …….which was a nice 3-pounder. We tried the lay down wood a few times with no success and went back focusing on the rocks. There’s still quite a bit of current up there as they are still pulling the lake down. The river was really productive and now seems to be average again. So I’m going back to my down lake plan. Hopefully when I get my boat back soon I’ll be able to start finding the big bass!
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