Well, not the day I wanted after a little break, but it was nice to be out. We’ve had such crazy weather the last 10 days I didn’t know what to expect. The water is over 2 ft above summer pool and chocolate milk almost throughout the entire Lake. At Fate Sanders the water temperature is 52 degrees, Midlake was 48, and up lake was between 52 – 54. I didn’t know if we should go shallow where the waters a good temperature, but not quite warm enough for a good shallow bite, or stay out deeper and try to find some clear water and fish bluff walls or secondary points. We figured we try some of the runoff areas and springs where maybe there was clearer water and warmer water.
We started in the back of Bryant’s Grove Cove in the left corner. There was a little water coming out, but it was cooler at 45 degrees instead of the 48 degrees on the main lake. We fished 1/2oz chartreuse black rattle traps, 3/8oz black and purple jigs, chartreuse Squarebill crankbaits, and a white 1/2oz spinnerbait with orange blades. We fished the entire back without a bite. After 40 minutes we headed out and went to the back of Hong Kong Island on the left.
The water was 46 degrees and muddy. We marked a lot of fish on the depth finder in 2-5ft so we decided to fish. Shortly after we each missed one and I caught 6 pound carp followed by a big scale that told us the fish we marked where carp. We fished that area for 45 minutes.
We knew we had to find warmer water so we tried Stewarts Creek where the water was 52 to 53 degrees. With the water clarity less than a foot we started at the back boat ramp and fished all the way back to the military base. Keeping the boat anywhere from 3 to 15 feet of water trying flats, bluffs, wood, rock….we had 0 bites on the same lures.
Next we went to the back of Spring Creek. We went all the way to the feeder creek where the water was NOT clear coming out of the spring just yet. We fished up the feeder creek and Kevin broke off on one keeper that jump out of the water with his black and blue jig. 5 minutes later he caught a Kentucky bass on another black and blue jig. I think I had one swipe my jig, but it did not hook up. We fished all the way to the back and out without another bite. The water was ripping out of the creek. Our last spot was the finger coves across from the big flat just up a little. The springs in the coves were pumping out clear water at 54 degrees. We tried our crankbaits and jigs around each cove. Kevin broke off on another fish with his jig, but we were able to see it when it jumped to shake the hook……short bass. That was the only and last bite we had for the day. Tough day to say the least. I can’t wait for normal weather and spring to arrive!
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