I got out for a few hours yesterday. I put in at the West Fork ramp(water temp 66-69) and headed up two bends in the channel to a little bridge on the right side of the bank. With all the rain I was hoping there would be some water flowing out……and there was. I put the trolling motor down and grabbed my flipping jig. My jig was a 1/2oz brown and orange jig with a green Berkley crawfish. I quickly realized with the water being a little muddy I needed to change colors to something darker. I tied on a 3/8oz black and blue jig with a brown Big Bite Craw for my trailer. My boat was in 12ft-15ft and I was flipping under the bridge to the flowing water. My second cast…BOOM, 1.5lb spotted bass! I would try to cast as far as I could and just let the current push it out while I lifted and let it fall. I stayed at the bridge and fished for 25 minutes and had 2 more bites that ripped the claws off my trailer, but didn’t get the hook.
I idled 100 yards down the bluff wall and start flipping my jig to the bank(working back up to the bridge). The current was moving pretty good so I was trying to get my bait right on the bank(*the more current there is the tighter the bass hold to a bank). I caught 2 more decent largemouth bass(including another keeper) while working back to the bridge. Once I got back to the bridge I tried a black and blue sinko(weightless), sexy shad spook and my jig without another bite and decided to move.
My next spot was the 2nd long flat on the right going up lake from the Jefferson Pike bridge. There are a few white PVC pipes on the right just before this flat. I quickly realized there was bait EVERYWHERE. I grabbed my sexy shad spook and heard a fish break the surface in front of the boat. I quickly cast to the action and started “walking the dog”……BOOM, 2lb largemouth! I released the bass and noticed a tree sitting out of the water behind the boat. I was in 4ft casting into 2ft. I started working my bait through the tree…..POW, he missed it, POW… 4lb largemouth. I made another cast to the tree sticking out of the water……SLAM! I had another good fish on for a few second, but it unbutton.
The next hour I caught 5-6 more chasing the bait around the flat. It was a ball!
I crossed over to the other side of the channel where there was bait everywhere as well. I grabbed my rattle trap and started casting into 2ft, while I was sitting in 12ft. After several cast I hooked into a good fish, but it came off!
The ticket was finding a flat where there was bait. The smaller bass were chasing the around and the bigger bass were hold on isolated wood on the flat. If you pull up and there is no bait, don’t even turn the motor off, continue looking for bait.
It was a short day on the water, but what a fun time!
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