Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
The Largemouth continue to show in good numbers in the mornings and late afternoons on topwater baits. Lucky Craft Sammys and Zoom Flukes have been the mainstay lures in our arsenal with just about anything with a white belly getting strikes. The quality of the fish has gone up with all of the feeding that’s going on right now. Light line finesse presentations like dropshots and splitshot rigs with any of the C3 Baits have been a solid pattern for months now and continue to produce nice fish during the mid-day time frame. We are fishing these baits from 20′ – 30′ deep on main lake and secondary points as well as bluffs and ledges adjacent to deep water. Netting shad has been hit & miss with mostly the weaker, less-appealing glass minnows showing up in droves seemingly everywhere. Look for this to change as water temps cool, sending huge schools of shad into the coves and creek arms.
Striper fishing was strong again this week as nightime temps in the low 60’s had the fish boiling mid-lake over deep water and in the mouths of the bigger coves and creek arms. The usual topwater lures are working well and being patient has once again proven to be the best asset an angler can have in his tacklebox. Trolling 25′ deep with lead-core line and Producer Flies are putting fish to six pounds in the boat when the surface action subsides. There has been a pretty solid evening bite in the last hour of the day with huge schools of Stripers following the shade line from Center Point to the marina area. This is the deepest part of the lake, up to 300′ but that doesn’t keep the Stripers from pushing bait from the shade into the sun. It is quite a sight to see.
We are not fishing the lagoon right now as most of our time has been focused on the Striped Bass upstairs. Some of our BroStaff members are fishing it and seem to be doing well.
Jim – 661 Fishing