Today I fished from 8am-2pm. The air temperature was 30 degrees with 10mph winds already starting.
I made the long cold run down lake into Smith Springs. Starting at the YMCA dock where there are sailboats and a wooden dock we picked up our 3/16oz shaky heads with 7″ Zoom Trick worms in green pumpkin/green flake. The water temperature was 56 degrees with 2ft visibility. I parked the boat in 8ft while we cast into 3ft-4ft dragging slowly. We fished from the No Wake buoys all the way to the back of the cove with 2 bites, one of which we fought half way to the boat before it unbuttoned. We also caught an 8lb blue catfish! Down this stretch of bank there is a long rock bed that runs parallel to the bank from 1ft-8ft that has a 3ft drop off it. The bass love to hold to this ledge during different times of the year.
Next we moved to the Anderson Rec beach. Starting at the last No Boats buoy and the end of the sand we sat in 10ft and cast our shaky heads into 3ft dragging back slowly. Boulder rocks come out from the bank into 10ft right at the last buoy, then the bottom turns soft. The next 50 yards in the little pocket we had 5 bites, landing a 3.5lb and a 3lb largemouth! As we approached the the next point I switched to a shad jerkbait, but never had a bite. The point comes out 30 yards and is 4ft-5ft before it drops off into 8ft. I caught another bass(short) on a Hoppy’s Flea Flicker 3/16oz black with green pumpkin Paca chunk. The next hour we continued 200 yards into Hamilton Creek with just a few short bites.
I motored up lake to check out the crappie, but the water was chocolate milk and it was too windy(and cold)!
We continued fishing for bass. Cruising to the back of Spring Creek we fished the big flat across from the finger coves where there were a few shad skipping the surface in 1ft. We tied on Strike King chrome sexy shad rattle traps and black/gold color shad raps. Casting to the bank from the flat to the mouth of the feeder creek we never had a bite. The water clarity was a little clearer back there, but still stained at 56 degrees.
I motored out of Spring Creek and headed towards Fate Sanders. After passing the first bluff wall on the right I turned right onto the shallow flat where I have been catching a lot. There was very little bait activity as we sat in 2.5ft casting into 6″ with our rattle traps. We had 1 fish on there that unbuttoned half way to the boat! This area is running out of water and will be too shallow any day:(
Next, we motored into Stewart’s Creek and fished the cypress point at the mouth of Ski Cove with rattle traps, shaky heads, and a 3ft-5ft shad squarebill crankbait…..nada. The wind was ripping straight into the point making it hard to fish effectively.
I trolled across the channel into a little calm pocket. There were a few bait skipping in 1ft-3ft around the mud cove so we continued with our rattle traps and shaky head. We had one bite in there landing a 2lb keeper largemouth. After we fished that cove we headed to the ramp.
All and all, okay day. I wish we would have stayed down lake and not came up lake to check out the crappie, but I thought it might have been clearer up passed Fate Sanders. I’v got a pretty bad itch for down lake fishing right now. I’m ready to have a jig rod, shaky head, jerkbait, and a-rig on the deck of my boat and that’s it.
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