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Rich Hutchins and Joe Gorden of Huddleston caught these stripers while fishing with Dale Wilson on Sept. 25.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Overview: The cooler weather will make for improved fishing. Most species of fish will start to feed more in preparation for the winter months. The majority of the lake is clear. The water temperature is expected to be in the 70s.
Largemouth bass: Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be spinner baits, Carolina rigs, shaky heads, medium-diving crank baits, Texas-rigged plastic worms and jigs. Most largemouth bass will start to move to their fall habitats. Best depths will be from the surface to 20 feet, and best areas will be ledges, rocky points, docks and brush piles. Early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days will be the best time to fish. Shad will start moving to the creeks this month. Bass will feed on top water.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be ledges, long points, rocky areas and humps. Best lures will be top-water lures, tube lures, drop-shot rigs, jigs and shaky heads. Best areas will be in the mid- to lower sections of the lake. Early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days will be the best time to try your luck.
Striped bass: Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught mostly in the mid- to upper sections of the lake. Best lures will be Alabama rigs, spoons, swim baits, buck tails, and Zoom flukes fished with 3⁄8- to 3⁄4 oz. jig heads during the day. Vertical jigging , live bait and trolling also will be productive. The best depth should be from the surface to 60 feet. Best times will be early morning, cloudy days and late afternoon.
Crappie: Fishing will be good. Crappie will be found 5 to 20 feet deep, and the best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, and brush piles in the mid- to upper sections of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½ -inch tubes and twister tail grubs fished on 1⁄32- to 1⁄16-oz. lead heads will work best. Small gulp minnows also work well when fished on small lead heads or drop-shot rigs. Light line (4-pound test) will help you catch more.
Tip of the month: Shad and crawfish will be the main source of food for most species of fish. Rocky areas will hold bass. Good electronics are a must to locate schools of bait fish, most of which will start to migrate back into the main creeks and up the main rivers.
Weather JournalNext system: Possible ice/snow Sat.