Okay day on the lake this morning. Fishing with two clients we fished for bass for 3 hours and crappie for 1. We stayed on the upper end around Fate Sanders for most of the day and finished above Spring and Fall Creek. We started the morning bass fishing at the first cut through down from Fate Sanders on the left point. The water temperature was 59 degrees. Fishing the left side of the cut through we tried Rebel sexy shad poppers, black 3/8oz Hoppys buzzbaits, and black a spinnerbaits. I kept the boat in 4 to 6 feet of water while we cast directly on the bank retrieving slowly around the boulders and gravel….never had a bite. Once we reached the end of the bank we turned to the right and fished the long shoal that comes out to the middle of the cut through. We switched to squarebill crankbaits in shad pattern that run 2-4 feet and still never manage a bite around the deeper boulders. We crossed to the other side of the cut through and fished back up keeping the boat in 3 to 5 feet of water. We had one big blow up on a buzzbait and watched another big bass feed on shad nearby. We never could get the fish to commit to our baits and never had another bite all the way through the cut through into Sister Cove to the back left corner. Next we moved to the Fate Sanders recreational boat ramp. We fished the ramp and further onto the flat casting to the boulder rocks in 1 to 3 feet of water……nada. I cruised to the flat just right of Lamar Hill boat ramp. We switched over to 1/2oz Strike King rattle traps in red and shad pattern and a Rapala jointed shad rap in shad pattern. We fished until we came to the big point where there was a large school of bait. We fished around the point without a bite and when we reached the backside of the point we had our first hookup, a 2lb largemouth. 10 yards further up the bank my client caught a 3.5lb in a foot of water! Moments later my other client caught a short bass on his jointed Rapala. We went back and forth down the same bank without another bite. We fished the cut through in between the islands focusing on the right bank where there are boulder rocks….nada. I motored up lake near Spring Creek. Before the next bluff wall on the left we fished the transition from the mud flat to the bluff wall. With the boat and 4 to 10 feet of water we cast to the sandy point with boulder rocks leading up to the bluff. Again with crankbaits we didn’t have a bite until I picked up a 3/16 ounce Strike King bitsy jig in black and blue with the green Paca chunk. I landed a 1.5lb largemouth….the only bite we had there. We picked up our crappie jigs and motor to the flat just up from Fall Creek on the left. Fishing the flat before the channel turns to the left I kept about 8 to 12 feet while we cast 1/8oz jigs with chart and white Crappie Magnets. We caught a handful of crappie with several keepers in the wood on the ledge in 8-10ft and then we had to call it a day. All in all, okay day with a few fish, but still had to work hard. I’ll put up another report tomorrow after a full day of bass and crappie fishing to catch up since I missed my last report 2 days ago. Thanks for being patient hopefully we get some big ones tomorrow.
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