Finally made it out today at 1 o’clock after a long morning of errands and cleaning the pontoon boat getting it ready for the 2017 season. Fishing from 1 to 4pm , we had a awesome day in Spring and Fall Creek. I wanted to go down lake and try the Alabama Rig and a couple other lures, but the wind was way too strong and we didn’t have enough time. So I went to what has been working for me and started in Fall Creek across from the boat ramp along the edge of the big flat. The water temperature was 55 to 56 degrees with 6″- 1.5ft clarity depending on how far back in the creek we went. I picked up a Heddon spook(one knocker) in chartreuse and clear. We started throwing onto the flat around isolated stumps in 1-3ft. My other friends/guides tried a rattle trap and spook. The trap my guide was thrown was a red Strike King craw 1/2 ounce. We fished down the first stretch of stumps on the left in between the white PVC pole and the big tree sticking out of the water and caught 4 keepers and 3 short fish. The fish were feeding throughout the flat in no particular area. We had one 5 pounder and several 3lbs. Next we fished to the back of the creek without any success and tried all the stumps in the back with rattletraps, spooks, and I even tried a Strike King 5XD in sexy shad pattern…..we never had a single bite. I motored back to the mouth and caught one more keeper on the flat, but that was it. I cruised over to Spring Creek. I stopped at the big flat on the left before the finger coves. I pulled out my Alabama Rig and started casting to the flat. The water temperature was 56 degrees with 1 foot visibility. Casting to the flat and retrieving over boulder rocks with the Alabama Rig and deep-diving crankbaits I tried to get our baits down to the rocks in 6 to 8 feet. I kept the boat and 11 feet. I caught one little fish there that was it. We picked up our spooks and started going further back in the creek hitting each boulder rock transition. On the first rock bend on the right I had three blow ups on my spook, each one missed it. We continued fishing around the flat and I had two more big ole bass slam my spook and miss it. At this point I was 0-5 on my spook……I’ve only caught 2 fish while the other guys were reeling them in. When we reached the flat across from the finger coves I finally caught two 3.5lbs back-to-back on my spook. We fished a little further back and then called it a day as it was getting dark. Awesome day for just 3 hours. It felt good to get back on the water after a long busy weekend at the boat show.
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