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  • Posted by jard on July 13, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I see all the posts about and I fish deep points and bends and Ive gotten alot better at it this year than any year before. But I love fishing topwater stuff early in the mornings and late in the evenings and I’ve yet to find an area on the lake worth doing this on. I mostly fish the banks with buzzbaits and spit n image type baits. I fished the back of the cove with the power lines before the hobson bridge caused the grass looked good but it was so shallow you could barely get a boat close to some of it. Are the schools out more towards the deeper water or will they go shallow on the lake. Not necessarily asking for a specific spot but just curious if any else has any luck here. Brian when you start a trip at 6, do you go straight to deep water this time of year. Something about watching a fish blowup on a topwater gets me to excited. Going out in the from 5:30-10 am. Let you guys know how it goes.

    frisky97 replied 10 years ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • krogers79

    July 13, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I have my best luck in shallow chunk rock areas with depths of 1-4 ft deep. I find that I have about a 1 hour window of opportunity in the mornings and evenings on clear days. On overcast days, I have caught good fish all day on top water. Also, the fish on Priest react awesome to temp reductions in the summer. Last Sunday morn was a prime example. They were demolishing a buzzbait on top and a swim bait right below the surface. This week will be awesome for top water when the cool front moves in. One August morning last year we had a cool front roll thru with overcast skies and it triggered a top water bite that was amazing. We had 3 fish over 4 lbs all on top water. The last tip is…if the water is smooth, throw something less subtle like a prop bait, popper, or spook. If there is chop…then the buzzbait comes out. I find that a buzzbait in smooth water may take more casts to the same area to get the strike, but a prop bait worked in the same area will prompt massive strikes with fewer casts. Seems strange, but I have witnessed this on many occasions.

  • Brian

    July 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    If I have a school of fish that I know are active in deep water I will go straight to them and start fishing with crankbaits and worms. However, if I am in search for fish sometimes I start shallow with buzzbaits, spooks and poppers. Last year I fished with buzzbaits every morning is the shallow vegetation. This year, not as much.

  • frisky97

    July 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I take my lead from Brian, I never go on Priest w/o my buzz bait. It’s a great way to find fish. Many times they will only smack at it, but at least you know there’s fish there. Follow-up with a spook a shallow running square bill or even a 6-10″ worm and many times you’ll be rewarded. The vegetation that was there last year has somewhat died out, and I usually look for shallow chunk rock or even the larger bolder just under the water and buzz around them. As for time of day, on average I would say early morning is best but I don’t have anything to back that up, except what I’ve read.
    Last week we were out a 4:30am and only caught a few small ones between 5 and 10:00am. At around 11:15am the temp. was approaching 90, not a cloud in the sky, water temp around 87, very little chop on the water. My grandson-in-law was playing around with his new buzz bait in about a foot of water over large boulders and chunk rock and landed a 7.6LB bass.
    Today we went by the same location on our way in, he threw his arm off with the same buzz bait…nothing. We only caught two small ones on a square bill.
    Unless you have a couple of deep-water honey holes that are consistently on fire in the summer. Top water poppers, spooks, square bills and buzz bait are a poor man’s fish finder on Priest.

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