Yesterday I fished for bass from 12 to 4 p.m. We focused on several areas with the same pattern. The water temperature was 72 degrees and the lake is still 1.5ft below summer pool. This week the Army Corp should continue lowering. I had tied on shad colored rattle traps, spooks, whopper ploppers, crankbaits in hunt for shallow bass feeding on the flats.
Our first spot was the flat on the left just before Spring Creek. We idled in front of the flat and watched the water for a couple minutes looking for any activity. I noticed shad flickering the surface with a few splashes and decided it was a good place to try. We idled up into 3 feet near the bank and started casting shad colored rattle traps, whopper ploppers, squarebill crankbaits in chart/purple, and shad colored SSR shad raps. We fished back and forth on the 100 yard stretch catching a couple bass every few minutes while they chased bait up and down the bank. The shad colored Strike King Rattle Trap was the most productive, but we also had a few fish and blow ups on Whopper poppers!
Next we moved on top of the flat in between Spring and Fall Creek. Fishing around the shallow rocks in 1-2ft we saw little activity, but were able to catch a 3.5lb on a Heddon red and grey spook. That was the only fish we caught there although they were doing the same thing as the prior place.
Our third spot was the mouth of the Smyrna cut through near the Jefferson Pike pumphouse. Fishing in 1-3 feet of water around the opening there were bass on the bank chasing bait everywhere! We caught 3 or 4 bass and watched a lot more feed up and down the bank. After an hour we decided to pull up the TM and try for some crappie.
We fished the flat above Fall Creek on the right. Casting to the flat in 4 to 10 feet of water with chart/red amd and pearl Crappie Magnets in addition to drowning minnows on the ledge in 12 to 15 feet of water we caught 2 short fish….. that was it!
Next we moved up near Fate Sanders and tried 10 brushpiles. We caught over a dozen shorts with no keepers!
It was still a fun afternoon trip. The bass are doing what I like! Looking forward to the weeks ahead!
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