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TEXAS: Sam Rayburn – Covering a Lot of Water with Lipless Crankbaits & Spinner Baits

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Sam Rayburn is at 152 .25 ft and has came up just a little from the rains we have been getting. Each one of the fronts has brought us some really nice showers. Sam Rayburn is still low but things have begun to look up.

The lake is 12.15 ft low and we are seeing a lot of sandbars and humps. There is a lot of timber above the waterline which makes it easy to see. The timber, and the grass that is coming up all around, looking like fishing paradise.

Trophy Bass start moving in the winter, making their way to places they will spawn. This is the best time to be on the lake trying to hook one. A few days of warm weather and these fish get even more active and your chance of hooking a Trophy goes way up. The Moon will affect the bite also as we seem to catch a lot more big fish around the full and new Moon. Jan. has been one the best times for customers to catch big fish.

Everything is looking up with the water rising and making the grass just right for some awesome fishing. This week we got out and caught some fish, one topping 9 lbs. That’s just a start. Yep, you guessed it. We are hard core fishing. When you’re looking to catch a big bass you’ve got to look in the right places to start with. The water is still low and that is going to narrow the field and move the staging areas. Get ready to learn a new game here on “Big Sam”.

The best bite has been on the sunny days which is just fine with me. Soft plastic has been slow for use along the grass lines but it will improve on the full moon. We have been covering a lot of water with lipless crankbaits and Spinner baits looking for active fish. These fish will start to move in along the grass lines on points and along creek channels as they make their way into the pockets. The most talked about color for lipless bait is Rayburn Red. Don’t get stuck on just one color. There are lots of shades of Red and some new baits. The Flap Jack by Strike pro can turn a slow day in to a fantastic day of catching fish. There are lots of ways to work a lipless crank bait and learning what the fish want is the biggest key. The Stanley Spinner Bait is a great way to cover a lot of water and there are lots of colors. Start with Chartreuse White, Blue Flash or Toledo Gold Flash then you have to just play. Sometimes they want Gold Blades and sometimes they want Nickel Blades. Sometimes it is the size of the blades that make the difference. We’ve been picking up some nice fish off the points and creek channels on Crankbiats and Carolina Rigs in 12 to 18 ft. The old Lizards will start to get some action and the best colors to start with will be Watermelon Red and Green Pumpkin.

One thing for sure you can’t catch a Trophy Bass sitting at home watching the “boob tube”. Get some new line on all the reels, get out, and get to fishing. It’s nice to get away and enjoy a day on the lake. Take someone fishing this week.

Crappie; The Crappie fishing has been slow as they move up river but we are still catching a few. They should start bunching up and that’s when it will get good. Getting out on cool winter day and having some fun with friends and family is the best. Grab the kids and friends and come out to enjoy a day on the water. Everyone has loved the new pontoon with the shade, changing room and the port-o-potty. We can handle up to 8 anglers.

Boat ramps at middle lake: Jackson Hill Marina cleaned their ramps a few weeks back and I have been using it. Cassell Boykin, the New Ramps are still under repair but they have been lunching some boats there. They got the hump taken out and will be working on extending one ramp at a time so you just have to check when you get there. Hopefully everything goes great with the repairs there.

God Bless

Lynn Atkinson


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OKLAHOMA: Lake Hefner – White Bass Good on Lipless Crankbaits & Sassy Shad

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Hefner: Elevation below normal, water 78-92 and clear.

Largemouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along the weeds and rocks.

Smallmouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks.

White bass good on lipless crankbaits and sassy shad at 4-12 ft. along riprap and trolling. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling deep running crankbaits at 15-25 ft.

Channel catfish good on cut bait and prepared bait at 10-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punchbait and worms at 10-30 ft. along rocky banks.

Flathead catfish fair on live bait at 10-20 ft. along the dam.

Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-30 ft. along the dam.

Walleye fair trolling deep crankbaits at 4-12 ft. along windy points and humps.

Sunfish and bluegill good on worms and small jigs all around the lake.

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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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