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ALABAMA: Lake Guntersville – In the Mornings Cranks, Swimbaits, Jigs & Spoons

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The mornings are the time to be out. We are killing them up to about 10:30 to 11. The fish are schooling but when the sun gets high they disappear. We can still catch them but I have got to change tactics. If they pull some current it will position them and they will turn back on in the afternoon.

In the mornings they want cranks, swimbaits, jigs and spoons. During the afternoon a worm works best but the size goes down. If they are pulling water they will go back to the morning baits.

We have been catching good numbers, 40-60 fish per trip. We are catching some quality fish in the 5-6 and 7 pound range also. Most of these schooling fish we are catching are in the 1.5 – 3.5 pound range.

Good luck out there.

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FLORIDA: Flies, Jigs & Plugs Have All Been Getting Blasted

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Well the summer is upon us now yet it does not feel so.

This years weather has been odd and not so consistent. Its June and we are still plagued with NE winds. Its been pleasantly cool and comfortable.

No hot humid breathless mornings, with no-seeums no where to be found. Odd! Fishing has been equally as strange.

For our typical tarpon season, its still as can be , so slick you could see a tarpon roll a mile away. This year not so much. The numbers of tarpon were very few, compared to what we usually see. I think I fished two slick mornings in the month’s of May and June.

Although the numbers were low, the strikes were many. Fish have been extremely cooperative, once you found them. Some real big fish were caught earlier in the season, and now finishing up with 30-60 pounders. Great 10 wt. fish!

The red fishing on the lower tides has been really good. Incredible amounts of reds scouring the shallows fighting to feed. Flies, jigs, or plugs have all been getting blasted.

The snook are in good numbers along the Naples beaches all the way down through the Everglades National Park. Great time of year for poppers on the fly rod and top water plugging. Explosives strikes at first light is a snooks willing trademark.

Seems everyone has gone back to the north and the waters are absolutely empty. Complete solitude, aside from the pop of a distant snook deep in the roots of the mangroves, or the blurp of rolling tarpon out in the middle, and of course the buzz of the skeeters. Great time to be out here, all to yourself.

I want to say thank you to all my loyal as well as new clients I’ve made this year. Its been a great year, thank you, and I look forward to our next adventure.

Capt. Jeff Legutki
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TEXAS: Crappie are Good on Jigs and Minnows

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

ATHENS:
Water lightly stained, 62-69 degrees; 0.8’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits, jigs and Bandit 100 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows – moving shallow. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

BOB SANDLIN:
Water stained; 63-69 degrees; 2.94’ low Black bass are fair to good on flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap.

BRIDGEPORT:
Water fairly clear; 62-68 degrees; 4.59’ low; Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and red Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and live shad. Hybrid striper are fair on live bait. Channel catfish are good on cut and prepared bait on shallow flats.

CADDO:
Water murky; 63-70 degrees; 0.25′ high. Black bass are fair on flukes, Texas rigs and Senkos. White bass are fair on Road Runners and minnows. Yellow bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK:
Water stained; 62-69 degrees; 2.87′ low. Black bass are fair on medium running shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad and large slabs jigged vertically. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.

COOPER:
Water stained; 61-67 degrees; 8.19’ low; Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows with movement towards the shallows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

FAIRFIELD:
Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD is currently stocking the lake. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK:
Water fairly clear; 62-68 degrees; 3.16′ low. Black bass are fair to good on square bill crankbaits, Texas rigs, chatterbaits and drop shot rigs. Females are on beds or cruising in a post spawn pattern, so target anywhere from 1-15 feet. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad over shallow mud flats.

GRAPEVINE:
Water stained; 61-69 degrees; 1.23′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs, drop shot rigs and flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

JOE POOL:
Water off color; 62-68 degrees; 0.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits.

LAKE O’ THE PINES:
Water stained; 61-68 degrees; 0.13′ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, Lateral Perch and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut shad. Bream are fair to good on red wigglers.

LAVON:
Water stained; 62-69 degrees; 5.43’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and shallow slow-running crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridge columns. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 62-68 degrees; 1.48’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigged Ultra Vibe Speed Craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

MONTICELLO:
Water fairly clear; 63-82 degrees; 1.14′ low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, weightless flukes, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. No reports on crappie. No reports on catfish

PALESTINE:
Water lightly stained; 61-68 degrees; 1.59′ low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and tubes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs, Sassy Shad and live shad. White bass are fair to good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse nightcrawlers (use Worm-Glo).

RAY HUBBARD:
Water fairly clear; 62-69 degrees; 3.05′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits, jigs and red Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and Road Runners with movement towards the creeks. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good under cormorant roosts on prepared baits.

RAY ROBERTS:
Water clear; 60-66 degrees; 1.68′ low. Black bass are excellent on white spinnerbaits and wacky rigged Senkos around shallow cover in spawning coves. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around timber in 2-5 feet. White bass are good on slabs under birds in the mouths of the northeast creeks. Catfish are good over baited holes.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS:
Water off color; 61-68 degrees; 2.39’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI:
Water fairly clear; 61-69 degrees; 2.97′ low. Black bass are excellent on shallow running crankbaits and Baby Brush Hogs. Crappie are good on 1/16 oz. jigheads and Tiny Assassins in and around docks. White bass are fair in the upper end of the lake on chartreuse grubs on a 1/4 oz. jighead (spawn has begun). Striped bass and hybrid striper are good in 8-15 feet on slow rolled 4″ Sassy Shad on a 3/4 oz. jighead and Moe’s Shanghai Shad. Catfish are excellent in 3-6 feet on cut bait and fresh shad.

TEXOMA:
Water off color; 60-68 degrees; 1.43′ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on live shad and large Road Runners. Catfish are fair on cut and live shad.

WEATHERFORD:
Water lightly stained; 62-67 degrees; 3.58’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.

WRIGHT PATMAN:
Water off color; 61-68 degrees; 4.19′ high. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shad pattern crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait.


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MISSISSIPPI: Crappie – Catching in Deeper Water, Around Brushtops on Minnows & Jigs

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Water temps are running in the low 70’s.

The bream report is good with a lot of bream bedding right now in 3-8ft of water. Most anglers are tight-lining crickets and redworms, and a few are being caught on jigs. The bass reports have been fair to good. Most anglers are hitting shallow grassy areas, as well as points and the creek channel. Texas-rigged plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits have all been catching fish.

Look to catch a few bass holding around bream beds as well. We’re hearing more reports of bass anglers harvesting some fish, which should be a tremendous help to the population if it continues.

The crappie bite is fair with a few anglers catching them in deeper water around brushtops on both minnows and jigs.

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TEXAS: West – Black Bass are Fair on Texas Rigs & Jigs

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

ALAN HENRY:
No Water lightly stained; 59-67 degrees. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits, drop shot rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared and cut bait.

ARROWHEAD:
Water semi-turbid; 60 degrees; 4.16’ low. Black bass are fair. Crappie are good off the dam, state park piers and at the Henrietta and Deer Creek bridges at 7-12 feet; White bass are improving and starting to school. Blue catfish are still good on cut shad while anchored in deeper water up to 30 feet deep.

FT. PHANTOM HILL:
Water clear; 60-65 degrees; 2.85′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK:
60-66 degrees; 9.5′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are good on prepared bait over baited holes.

OAK CREEK:
Water stained; 61-66 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

O.H. IVIE:
Water stained; 61-68 degrees; 27.16′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM:
Water stained; 62-69 degrees; 1.51′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, split-shot rigged flukes and jerkbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows, jigs and Road Runners fished shallow. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad and striper jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and live bait.

SWEETWATER:
Water murky; 60-66 degrees. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER:
Water stained; 60-68 degrees. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Suspending Rouges and shallow running shad pattern crankbaits. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

Texas
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NEW MEXICO: Crappie Fishing Fair Around Juniper Roots Using Jigs

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio
– Flow on the Jemez River is 58 cfs. Currently the Rio Fire hasn’t officially closed any of the areas we typically fish except the Rio de las Vacas near the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp. The fire is about one mile southwest of Chaparral. Runoff is pretty much done over in the Jemez as a whole. The Rio de las Vacas / Guadalupe drainage still has a little murk to the water, but is at a wadeable level and fishing is fair. No reports of hatching stoneflies just yet, but it should start on the lower Guadalupe and Jemez River in a week or so. A dry fly dropper rig with No. 16-18 deep six caddis or a No. 18 psycho may in olive should pick up most of them. Stonefly nymphs on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe will also work. Some of the gullible fish are taking small dries like a parachute pheasant tail or a parachute Adams. Good reports on the East Fork and San Antonio up from Highway 126. The East Fork was stocked with 280 rainbow trout two weeks ago; The Rio Las Vacas was stocked with 1,050 rainbow trout two weeks ago; The San Antonio was stocked with 640 rainbow trout two weeks ago; and the Seven Spring Brood Pond was stocked with 280 rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Metro Drainages
– Trout fishing is reported as slow for trout on all methods.

Bluewater Lake
– Fishing is reported as slow for trout when using Power Bait from shore. The tiger muskies are fishing fair to good with a 40-inch fish taken last week. Also catfish are reported as good with a 20-pounder taken last week.

Cochiti Lake
– Water temps are in the low 60s. The east day use area is open. Fishing is reported as good for bass when using spinners and crank baits. Catfish are fishing fair using chicken liver and worms. Crappie are also fishing fair around root balls of juniper when using jigs.

Fenton Lake
– The lake is fishing good for trout using Power Bait and salmon eggs. The Cebolla River above the lake is fishing good for trout. Many anglers catching fish with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 2,496 rainbow trout last week.

Tingley Beach
– Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach children’s and central ponds has been fair. Winter trout stocking at Tingley has ended and we are looking forward to catfish stockings in time for the summer holidays. There are nice bass in the children’s ponds. Fair reports from fly-rod anglers at the catch and release pond using bunny leeches and egg patterns. The central pond was stocked last week with 220 triploid rainbow trout.

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TEXAS: Lake Fork Fishing & Picture

Friday, January 28th, 2011


Bernie from MN with a few nice ones. At 6’3″ and a former collegiate linebacker, Bernie’s great a hammering home a jig but not so good at making fish look big, LOL.

I’ve been fishing most days for the past week and a half on Fork and the bite has been quite good for numbers and average size. Outside of a very slow day on Saturday, we’ve had consistent success with jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Because of the cold couple of weeks in the middle of January, concentrations of bass have fallen back a little deeper to creek channels, ledges, and points. It takes a while to find these groups but the fishing is very good once you do. Case in point, my customer and I had 8 fish in one spot yesterday plus 6 more in another. Neither area was longer than 15 yards, nor could be get bit anywhere else in those areas. We didn’t catch that many at all the spots we fished and not everywhere produced, but almost everywhere that we caught a fish, we caught at least one or two more. That’s the mixed blessing of cold fronts in the spring—the fish aren’t nearly as active but they are grouped up. We fished both areas for over an hour so it’s not like you catch them on every cast, but once you get bit in the spring you really need to work the area over thoroughly. With temps in the 60s for the next few days, I suspect the bass will be roaming the flats a lot more again like they were earlier in the month and we’ll start doing better covering water.

The only disappointing part of the fishing lately has been the absence of a great big fish. While almost all of the fish we’ve caught have been nice slot fish from 3 to 7 pounds, we’re overdue to start catching a few big ones. I’ve been concentrating on patterns for prespawn staging females, so a big bass is only a cast away on Fork. The best part about the fishing has been the complete lack of fishing pressure. The most trailers we have seen at Lake Fork Marina on a weekday were 3 (counting mine) and I’ve only seen a couple other guides out all week. If you want to beat the spring crowds at Fork and have a shot at a true lunker bass, now is a great time to come.

Lake Conditions:
Fork’s water is clearing and warming after some cold rain and snow earlier this month. The lake level is currently 399.56′ (about 3′ 6″ below full pool) and a ton of stumps are now visible. The boat lanes are still safe to run in general, but definitely exercise caution when heading out of the clear-cut areas. Water temps are slowly climbing back up with temps reading 47 to 49 yesterday in the main lake and in the upper 40s to just over 50 in the creeks. The main lake is the normal greenish clear color, except on the north ends where it is more stained. Some of the creeks are stained, but those with grass are pretty clear. Speaking of the grass, it is very spotty on the northern half of the lake but the south end still has a lot of green grass and subsequently clearer water.

Location Pattern:
Many big bass are schooled up in deep water right now and it’s a great time for spoon fishermen. With the colder temps, offshore structure in 23′ to 36′ have some very large schools this time of year, so keep searching with your graph until you find them. You can find these deep fish into early Feb each year.

If you’re like me though, from late-December through much of March I concentrate on the early prespawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. Areas with submerged vegetation for cover will typically have the most active fish. While about any grassy area will hold a few fish, start your search in areas that have lots of spawning fish in late February through March. It stands to reason that the coves that hold the most spawning fish in early spring will have the most prespawn fish in the winter. Main lake grass beds near the mouths of these coves hold a lot of fish this time of year, as do main and secondary points inside the coves—provided there is deep water nearby. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and onto the flats. After cold fronts, they’ll typically drop back just a little bit to adjacent points and creek channels. .

As I say each spring, bear in mind that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend. For instance, water temps that are showing 52 degrees can result in slow fishing if the temps were 58 a couple days ago. In contrast, fishing can be great if the temps warm up to 50 while they were 44 a few days before. Finally, the day of and the day after cold fronts can be absolutely miserable to fish, but these frontal days after a long warming trend are usually the most productive times to fish.

Presentation Pattern:
A few simple lures produce big bass each winter from grasslines and creek channels. First and foremost are lipless crankbaits in ½ or ¾ oz, like the Lucky Craft LV500 and LVR D-7. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. Buzzing these over the top of the grass on a quick retrieve is normally best, but after cold fronts, letting the bait fall and ripping these out of the grass will trigger most of the bites. ½ oz Redemption spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some really large bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, especially on windy and cloudy days. For a true giant, try swimming a 4.5″ Live Magic Shad on the back of a ½ oz Phenix Vibrator Jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait.

After cooling trends like we’ve had recently, the bite slows and I’ll switch to a suspending jerkbait or pitch a jig and a Texas rig. Lucky Craft’s model 100SP Pointers in gold or chrome patterns are my traditional choices, although Gunmetal Shad & Phantom Chartreuse Shad are my new favorites. Work these with long pauses over the grass and along the edges. For jigs, I go with the ½ oz black and blue MPack jig from Lake Fork Trophy Lures and pair it with a matching Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in the blue bruiser color. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Hyper Freak in black neon or blue bruiser with a 3/8 oz Mega Weight. I’m using Dobyns brand new 7’4″ Extreme model DX745C for pitching my jigs and Texas rigs. It is well balanced making it easy to pitch all day and it is ultra sensitive which is important because the jig bites in this cold water are ultra faint. Occasionally you’ll feel a slight thump but most of the time the fish just pick up the jig and hold it. If you put a little pressure on them they’ll drop it immediately, so you need a rod that detects even the slightest bit of pressure. The heavy power rod has plenty of muscle to horse fish out of cover when paired with Lake Fork’s new fluorocarbon coated FluoroBraid. Work your jig or Texas rig very slowly along creek channels or through deep grass for a great shot at a lunker.

Cover lots of water until you get bit. Once you catch one, work the area over thoroughly with multiple passes, employing several different baits. Fish tend to stack up in key staging areas during the winter and these spots will replenish themselves with more fish during the prespawn as more and more big bass move shallow. Find some good staging spots and you’ll have a milk run of honey holes now through March.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams.


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