A few days ago I was able to get out for a few hours with BCGS guide, Trey Neal. It was a freezing morning with a high of 45 and 10-15mph north winds.
With the recent rains and rising lake level we headed to Bryant’s Grove to fish around the run-off creek in the back left corner of the cove.
The water was 54 degrees with 1ft clarity as we approached the back of the cove. We started on the right side of the cove fishing towards the point. I tried my a-rig while Trey tried a green football jig
and shad color rattle trap made by Strike King. While sitting in 10ft-14ft and casting into 8ft we had no bites after 20 minutes. We idled to the left bank(behind us)
and started casting 1/2oz shad color rattle traps. Fishing the point on the left before the little pocket where the creek runs off from we sat in 8ft and made long cast
into 2ft. With a steady retrieve I quickly received my first bite….1.5lb. A few cast later I hooked into another short bass and Trey hooked into a 3lb at the same time!
We fished up the bank heading towards the main channel. Several minutes up the bank Trey hooked into a quality smallmouth that quickly blasted through the surface trying to shake the lure.
He fought her for a few seconds before I captured her in my net….3.5lb!!! Up the bank a little further we caught a couple more short bass. We went 45 minutes without a bite and then I
hooked into another 3.5lb smallmouth that took me for a ride before I swung her in the boat! We fished for another 45 minutes without a bite and strapped down our rods.
We headed under Hobson Pike bridge into the cove on the left where there were a ton of seagulls and loons in back. We parked the boat in 5ft and started casting our rattle traps into 1ft around all the shad and birds.
There is a channel that runs in the back from a small creek. Outside of the channel it is VERY shallow and you need to be careful. We took 30 minutes worth of casts and then abandoned the area.
Our last spot was back under Hobson Pike bridge and into the cove on the left. Fishing the main left point inside the cove we tied on a Hoppy’s Flea Flicker jig and a larger football jig. The
Hoppy’s jig I was using was 3/16oz, all black with a green Paca chuck. Sitting in 10ft and casting into 4ft I got my first bite after 5 minutes. The fish bit in around 8ft….1.5lbs. Moments
later I hooked into another good fish, but this one straightened my hook and unbuttoned. We fished he point for 20 minutes before we had to head in for the day.
All in all, good short day! It was fun finding some quality smallmouths! I wish my tournaments would start with the same success we had early this day. Since this day the
water has come all the way back up to summer pool and now descending back to winter pool. The water temperature is still in the 50’s, so I’ll we shallow all week! Also, I’ll be out
crappie fishing all tomorrow and will post a crappie report soon after.
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