Today we arrived at the lake at 9:30 am. Decided to start fishing later, to give the water a chance to warm up a bit. Water temp was 53 degrees. The bass do not want to bite or chase lures when the water is so cold. The best thing I found to use in these conditions are small plastic baits. We started with baby brush hogs Texas rigged (watermelon seed and watermelon candy). Move the bait on the bottom very slowly. The fish will bite on drop shot with a 4″ (morning dawn) Robo worm. Caught 7 healthy bass! Some were 2.5 lbs.
We arrived at the lake at 7 am. Temperature was 39 degrees and the water temp was 54 degrees. I decided to run up to the North part of the lake and started fishing with crank baits and spinner baits, but did not have any luck. We switched to A-Rigs and Buzz baits, but still these did not catch any fish. The fish were very lethargic due to cold water. Later that day, we switched to plastic baits on the bottom. We used football jigs 1/4 and 3/8 and worked these baits in 20′ of water. We put Yamamoto Hula grubs (watermelon candy and green pumpkin) on these jig heads. We also used baby brush hogs (watermelon candy) 1/4 oz weights Texas Rigged. Total time fishing 6 hours and landed 9 bass.
Today it was my pleasure to take Trent fishing for his 12th Birthday. Mom, Jessica who works at the Bass Pro Shop promised Trent a fishing trip with the Bass Pro Shop Pro. We bundled up because it was very cold and raining. The temp had dropped to 45 degrees. Fishing was extremely tough, but the spirits were high. We started with drop shot and Texas rig but with no luck. We finally caught some bass on a Carolina rig with a 4.5″ (watermelon red) worm. It still was a birthday to remember!
Today we started fishing at 8:30 am. The temperature was 48 degrees and the water temp was a chilly 59 degrees. Fishing slows down when the water temperatures drop. To get the fish to bite, you have to move the rod slowly and use smaller worms to attract the fish. Marshal who was fishing with us today used a bait caster for the first time and was happy he caught a 1.5 lb. bass. To catch the 8 bass total today, we used drop shot with a Robo worms (morning dawn) and TX Rigs was Zoom trick worms (watermelon – 5 “).
Doc and his son, Owen went with me to Lake Pleasant today. We decided to start in the coves of the main lake to stay out of the wind and cold. Temperature today was only 43 degrees and the water temp was 65 degrees. Owen surprised us all and caught the first fish on drop shot using robo worms (morning dawn) 5.5″. We used flick shake with a robo worm (morning dawn) and caught a few bass. Once the wind died down, we moved down the lake and started using drop shot with robo worm (oxblood) 5.5″ and caught 10 bass. Doc tied on a trick worm (morning dawn) 6″ and caught 5 more fish. I switched to a small swim bait and added 5 more bass to bring our total bass caught today – 23! All fish were caught in 20′ – 30′ water.
Traveled to Roosevelt Lake today. Temperature was only 28 degrees, very cold and windy. Water temp was 60 degrees. The fish had all moved to deeper water – 20′ or deeper. We started with Tx rig trick worms (watermelon candy) and caught a few fish. With the colder temps, we decided to switch to drop shot and fish deeper. This resulted in a few more fish. We tried a Carolina rig with a small power worm (watermelon red) and caught a few bass. Caught fish from 12″ to 17″ in size, but the numbers were just not there, only netted 10 fish total.
Today at Bartlett Lake the water temp was 64 degrees and the temperature was 34 degrees. A cold front had come in. The fishing was tough. We started with worms and began catching fish on TX rigs. We used trick worms (watermelon candy) in 10′ – 20′ of water. We moved onto drop shot and caught fish on robo worms 5.5″ curly tails (red crawler). We caught a total of 27 fish today.
When I arrived at Bartlett lake today at 6:30 am the water temperature was 69 degrees. We started in the main lake at a depth of 15-20′ and caught fish on Yamamoto hula grubs (301 and 330). Also fished with drop shot with red crawlers made by Robo worms (morning dawn). Fleck shake was working with watermelon candy worms. We also used TX rig worms with zoom 5′ trick worms (green pumpkin and watermelon candy). The bite was best between 10 am to 2 pm. We landed 38 bass.
Clear, beautiful sunny day at the lake today. This is called a blue-bird day which is usually a tough day of fishing after a front with rain has blown through. There was no reaction bite. Moved deeper and used Carolina rigs, drop shot and jigs and caught 34 bass. Used watermelon trick worms, green pumpkin hula grubs and small watermelon red power worms.
Today I had the pleasure to take fishing a 3 generation family, grandfather, father and son. The day started partially cloudy when we arrived at 8:30 am. The water had cooled down to 69 degrees which slowed the morning bite a bit. We did catch fish from 15′ – 18′ depth. We used drop shot with morning dawn then went to Texas rigs and used brush hogs. The best bite turned out to be with a Carolina rig with a small curly tail worm. What a joy for this group to catch 27 bass and experience the thrill for the first time together!