Fished from 730am-230pm today in the Saturday morning tournament. Not much of a tournament for us, but we fished hard all day. The water temperature was 80 with cloudy skies the first half of the day and a cool north wind.
With the recent rains 3 days ago and the big rain Friday evening I was hoping there would be enough water for some run-off way up into the West Fork(passed the boat ramp) under the little bridge I whacked them at a few weeks ago(the Elite Video 3 that will be posted on the 15th). Not so much. We made the long run, pulled up to the bridge, and there was no water moving at all! Bummer! We still fished it hard for 30+ minutes and had 2 bites that did not hook up. My partner tried a Texas rig plum worm while I rotated with a black/blue jig with a green Paca chunk trailer, watermelon Trick worm on a shaky head, blue spook, sinko, chatter bait. After the reality sank in that this was not the spot for us we started flipping jigs and white spinnerbaits with double colorado blade on the bluff walls. We caught one short fish after 50 yards and then motored down to a shallower flat with wood and fished jigs, and spooks….nada.
I motored near the split of the East and West Fork and fished the blown out bridge 1/4 mile into the West Fork. There is an opening on the left if you are going down lake. This is where the long rocky shoal comes out into the channel. I placed the boat in 15ft-20ft and we cast shaky heads and plastic worms into 6ft-10ft….nothing.
We left the river and cruised to the flat on the left just before Fall Creek(this in the flat between Spring and Fall Creek). A lot of times the bass chase the bait in 1ft-3ft way up near the bank when there is a north wind. Today we tried spooks and rattle traps and caught one little bass on a spook.
In the back of Fall Creek after the boat ramp we stopped at the rocky bank on the right after you turn right in the channel. Sitting in 10ft-12ft we tried shaky heads with trick worms, spooks, and plum ribbon tail worms…nada. We idled passed the 840 bridge in the back and started fishing the bank with our soft plastics. 100 yards passed the bridge I caught our first keeper….a little spotted bass! lol. Moments later my partner tried a chrome rattle trap and quickly hooked into a giant! CATFISH!!! We fished 50 yards back further and caught a couple short bass and decided to pack it up.
Next, stopped at the main channel point on the right at the mouth of Lamar Hill Cove. I scanned a bunch of bass in 6ft-10ft around the point, on the ledge, above the ledge! We backed way off and I tied on a 1/2oz swing head jig with blk/blue Paca Chunk. By this time the wind was cranking up! My third cast I had a good bite, set the hook and missed him. 5 minutes later had another big and set the hook to land a 14″ largemouth. It appear we had found some active fish that were going to help us out……nope. The next hour I fished and then scanned again, trying to figure out what was going on. I down sized to my shaky head while my partner tried a Strike King 6xd and still nothing. I’d say the cooler temps and north wind just had them locked up. It’s so frustrating when you can see them down there!
I motored to the big point on the main channel of Stewarts Creek and scanned…….not a fish.
Over in Sister Cove we fished the back left corner while sitting in 6ft and casting into 2ft with rattle traps and shaky heads. Only 2 short fish.
We had 1 hour left and were frustrated with how slow the fishing had been. I took us into Stewarts Creek and into the ski cove to fish the left bank. The left side has good rocks down the entire bank which hold shade in the afternoon. With the boat in 4ft-5ft we tried shaky heads with our Paca Craws. We finally got into some action. The first 20 yards we caught 2 short fish and then followed it up with 2 keepers! We fished down the remaining bank and caught 2-3 more short fish before we ran out of time.
For the day we caught around 10 fish with 3 keepers. TOUGH. I think there were 12 boats and I heard 3 people weighed in….I did not. I am ready for the fall bite and ready to get on a consistent pattern. I will be out Tuesday to chase the bass again by myself in hopes for some good Elite Video filming. I hope to bring a better report!
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