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OKLAHOMA: Ft. Gibson – Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear.

Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft.

Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad and white bass sides at 15-25 ft.

White bass good trolling small crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. along windy points.

Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the docks.

Rick Stafford
The Kansas Angler
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TEXAS: Largemouth Bass are Fair on Spinnerbaits & Moving to Deeper Water

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

ALAN HENRY:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 5.41’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD:
Water turbid; 85-91 degrees; 6.93’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and moving to deeper water. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows in deeper water off the derricks. White bass are very good with lots of surface action early and late. Blue catfish are good on juglines with cut shad.

FT. PHANTOM HILL:
Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 7.6′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK:
83-89 degrees; 13′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and Caroline rigs with early action on topwaters. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK:
Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 11.74’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE:
Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 33.66′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shaky heads and jigs with topwater action early. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM:
Water stained; 83-89 degrees; 5.9′ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, shaky heads and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SWEETWATER:
Water murky; 83-88 degrees; 11.26’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER:
Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 21.04’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Walleye are fair on live bait. Channel catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

Texas
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ARKANSAS: White Bass, Kentucky Bass & Largemouth Bass Schooling in Mud Lake

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

It is HOT and Largemouth Bass are very lethargic during mid day, best early and late and bite shuts off during the heat of mid-day.

The bite over the past week, has become much more seasonal with continued increase of surface temperatures, reduced current in Little River, and virtually non-existent during the hottest mid-day part of these 100+ days.

White bass, Kentucky bass, and Largemouth Bass, were schooling in Mud Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Hurricane Creek, and McGuire Lake oxbows over the past week between 6-9am chasing large pods of threadfin shad.

Surface temps were consistent over the past week’s daytime highs, and are currently ranging 85 F early to 91 F later in the afternoon hours, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location and time of day.  Call the USACE for lake level daily updates, Little River current, discharge release, and tail water levels.

Lake level as of Monday 01 August, is 255.80 mfsl, and slowly falling, which is 41″ below normal due to four foot drawdown conditions.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  The USACE has reduced the total discharge to 348CFS (cubic feet/ second) with 5 gates open at 1 foot.  The tailwater level as of Monday was 225.39 mfsl.  Clarity on main lake is good.  Visibility is currently ranging approx 12-15 inches in the River depending on location.  The oxbow’s clarity are much improved, slight stain, but much better and ranging approx 3-5 feet visibility depending on location.  Water quality improving lake-wide, due to recent more normal weather patterns, reduced wind, and virtually no incoming rain or thunderstorms.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds.

The final of three, successive, four-foot drawdowns are in progress, and scheduled to run through mid February 2012.  These four foot drawdowns over the past 3 years have been deemed a huge success by fishermen and residents of the lake by helping eliminating unwanted vegetation and drying lake bed to increase storage capacity of the lake during normal pool levels.

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ILLINIOS: Largemouth bass – Fair on Plastics, Spinnerbaits & Crankbaits

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Bluegill…
fair-good along shore on crickets or wax worms under a bobber

Crappie…
slow-fair with some caught in shallower water early mornings on minnows or tube jigs/nibbles also late evenings

Channel catfish…
little slow over past weekend but should improve soon

Largemouth bass…
fair on plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits around timber and along weed edges early or late in day

Bullheads…
slow-fair on crawlers or dip baits

Walleye…
fair over weekend on jig/minnows or deep running crankbaits along deeper outside weed lines

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LOUISIANA: Wacky Worms to Put Largemouth in the Boat

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

It may look like you’ve snagged a piece of debris, or maybe you forgot to reset your bait after the last strike, but the truth about wacky rigs is undeniable — these seemingly random arrangements catch fish when many other lures fail to impress picky bass.
Despite its unconventional appearance and a seemingly random arrangement, the wacky rig can be an effective presentation in many different scenarios. Hooked dead center, a wacky-rigged worm undulates, wiggles, shimmies and shakes — all to the delight of lurking largemouths — with not much more than a cast.

A very user-friendly bait, the wacky worm is truly a bait for all seasons.

“You can use a wacky worm anytime, anywhere. You don’t even have to be able to cast very far. If you can get it out there, you can catch fish,” said Toledo Bend guide Glen Freeman, adding that the wacky rig is his go-to bait. “I (use) it whenever I can’t get bit on anything else. The slow movement as opposed to how you’d work any other lure is what attracts the fish.”

Of course, there are plenty of occasions for going wacky from the start. Freeman’s prime wacky-rig scenario is what he calls a “slick bank” — one with little obvious attraction.

“These are the places that most people don’t fish because they’re looking for grass or other structure,” he said. “The fish don’t see a lot of baits in these places, so when you throw a wacky rig, it’s very effective.”

BASS pro and 2005 Bass Masters Classic Champion Mike Iaconelli agrees.

“Wacky rigs are especially effective in spring, from the pre-spawn to the post-spawn periods,” he said. “But this also works in the summertime. When it gets hot, bass go to deep water, shade or current. If you have any of those scenarios, a wacky rig will be (productive).”

Wacky worms do a good job of imitating actual invertebrates, but the quivering motion also looks like the natural movement of various forage — from a dying shad to a crawfish scurrying across the bottom.

“I think the real key is that it’s something subtle, something natural,” he said. “For fish, it’s such an easy meal. It’s such a natural appearance — they just have to suck it in.”

Good thing is that this enticement is predominantly self-generated.

“It’s a bait that does the work for you,” Iaconelli said. “It’s not a bait that you have to work (actively) or give a hard pump to impart the action. About 70 percent of the bites that occur with a wacky rig occur on the fall, when you’re not doing anything.”

Indeed, the fall of a wacky rig is the whole show, and savvy anglers have developed several tricks for making the worm fall just the way they want it to.

That sinking feeling

Now the subject of weighting wacky rigs fosters much creativity, and variations run the gamut of external to internal options. Desired sink rates vary with depth, and the amount of weight needed varies with worm size. Sometimes a dense soft-plastic stickbait like the classic Senko does the trick, while other scenarios favor light finesse worms.

Freeman likes the Yum Dinger for spring’s prespawn through post-spawn period. For summer patterns, he’ll switch to a Yum Houdini worm. With the Dinger, he’ll add a 1/16-ounce bullet weight above the hook. For the lighter Houdini worm, he’ll insert a small nail into the head.

“That will give the baits just a touch of a nose dive, but when you pull back on it, the bait will flatten back out, so you have the best of both worlds,” he said.

David A. Brown
Louisiana Sportsman Magazine


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ALABAMA: Fishing For Largemouth Bass

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

FALL
Top Baits: Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and spoons.
Fish shallow to moderate depths in the mornings and evenings. As the bass move deeper during the day move to outside deep structure and use spoons or jigs.

WINTER
Top Baits: Jigs, pork baits and plastic worms.
Try shallow in the mornings then move deeper as the sun rises. Bass are not very active in cold water, so move your bait in a slow, easy to catch manner and fish deep cover and structure. “Deep” depends on the overall depth of the lake you are fishing. In some lakes you may need to go as deep as 60 feet while others seldom hold fish below 35 feet.


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