Wednesday I hit the lake with a few clients from 8am-12pm. We ended up with a nice stringer by the end of the day, however we did not catch a bunch of bass.
We started the morning in the Smyrna cut through entering from the Fate Sanders side. The water temperature was 59 degrees as we started on the left bank where there was still shade. Casting shallow crankbaits, specifically Manns Baby -1 in baby bass color and Hoppy’s black buzzbaits, we caught one short bass half way through the cut through and another 3lb at the opening near the pump house(right near the big tree out of the water in the middle of the cut through). We never had one sniff on the buzzbaits. Once we reached the opening at the pumphouse there was a plethora of bait everywhere! There were random breaks on the surface from bass feeding. We switched lures to 3ft-5ft H2O squarebill crankbaits in sexy shad and chrome/blue 1/2oz rattle traps. Fishing around the mouth of the cut through and round to the bluff wall we caught 2 more short fish in 2ft of water.
We moved to Fall Creek and started on the bank directly across from the Fall Creek boat ramp. Sitting in 3ft we cast our crankbaits, rattle traps, and shad rap #5 in shad color into 2ft-3ft. The first 5 minutes we caught 2 on the shad rap around the rocky point. We idled across the channel to shallow rocks and continued with the same lures. We caught 2 more short bass out of 1.5ft of water while surrounded by bait. After 30 minutes without a bite we strapped down our rods.
I idled down lake pass Spring Creek. Once I passed the next bluff wall on the right I turned right onto the flat to the back corner. Casting our rattle traps and crankbaits around tons of bait in 1ft while sitting in 4ft we caught 4 bass, including 3 keepers in just 30 minutes!!! We fished until the bite slowed down and we ran out of time.
All and all, good day. In just four hours we caught 9 bass, including 4 keepers for 11lbs. The shallow bite is spotty, but if you get in the right area you can catch a few quality bass. I’m gonna fish the Saturday tournament tomorrow and plan on changing my game plan. I think the cold night is going to shock the shallow bite until it warms up around lunch. Hopefully the 4ft-8ft areas I want to focus on mid lake are holding quality bass that are willing to bite!
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