Yesterday I fished from 1 to 5 p.m. I was with two clients and we focused on bass. The fishing was okay, but it has been really tough over the weekend. Thursday and Friday were phenomenal and it seemed like they were full and did not want to eat Saturday and Sunday. We caught around 15 bass with one or two keepers, but it was definitely tough. Saturdays tournament took 9lbs to win and Sunday 4.5lbs!!!
We started at Lamar Hill on the bank to the right of the boat ramp. The wind was blowing on this flat and there was bait and bass busting throughout the area. I tied on Strike King half ounce rattle traps in shad pattern and Royal Purple pattern and we started casting to the edge of the weeds while sitting in 4-6 feet. We also made random cast out in the open where bass were feeding on shad. We fished the entire bank all the way up to the cut through and only caught one white bass. We idled through the cut through and motored to the left stopping at the back left corner of the next big flat on the left. We parked the boat in about 4 feet and started casting our rattle traps in the 1 to 2 feet. There were a few shad flipping around, but not a ton of activity. The wind was non-existent and very calm, something I thought that would prevent us from finding fish. However, we found a small school of bass feeding out in 3-4 feet and we were able to catch 2 or 3 short bass.
Next we moved to the flat in between Spring and Fall Creek. I kept the boat in 4-6 feet while we cast around the two rock humps with grass growing on top. These humps are in between the island on the left at the mouth of Fall Creek and the flat. There were tons of bait and bass feeding all around us, but most of them would commit. We did find two schools that were willing to bite and we caught 3-4 bass out of each….including one keeper. The key was to retrieve our rattle trap really fast and then slow it down.
Next we moved into Spring Creek and went into cove on the right where it splits. We went all the way to the back and found no bait or bass. I idled out to the mouth of that cove. There was bait and bass busting all over the left point, but we could not get any to commit.
Our last spot was Sister Cove next to Fate Sanders. We started on the right point with our rattle traps and I tried a half ounce ChatterBait in bluegill pattern. We fished the entire cove and did not get a bite until we reach the back left corner. I noticed a lot of white dots on my side scan in 4-6ft and tied on an Academy H2O squarebill in shad pattern. I started bumping the bottom around the rocks and stones and caught three bass including one keeper! This is a great area to go check out after the water comes down. There are stumps, rock boulders and ditches everywhere 30 yards off the bank here.
All in all, fun day on the lake although we didn’t catch nearly as many as we saw. The bass are right on schedule as far as moving up shallow to start chasing bait in1 to 3 feet of water. Cloudy days will offer fantastic topwater and rattle trap fishing. We still have 8 more weeks of great fishing before though winter sets in!
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