Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
Early Winter Fishing Report
Bass: GOOD --Expect the largemouth bite to continue to be fair around any shallow wood or brush cover or around baitfish schools (especially north of Highland in the Hooch) on shallow-water baits such as Chatterbaits, Strike King KVD 1.0 and 1.5 lures, and topwater baits such as Zara Spooks and Pop Rs.A warming trend or heavy rain will usually improve the bite quickly. One of the main keys to this type of fishing is to look for the schools of shad in the shallow water that you're in.
---As the weather continues to cool down and the lake level continues to drop, expect more fish (especially spots) to stack up on structures such as humps, ledges, roadbeds, and brush piles in 15 - 20 ft. of water. Dropshot rigged worms , jigging spoons , or a Green Pumpkin 1/2 oz. Football Head jig are good choices for deeper mixed fish. --For specifically targeting spotted bass, try a Tommy Head with a Zoom Shakey Head worm around riprap, brushpiles, or rocky banks with blowdowns. Another good spot technique this time of year is dropshotting directly in brush piles.
STRIPERS & HYBRIDS: GOOD --Downlining with shad or bass shiners is becoming more effective as the water cools.Lots of 1-3 lb. fish are there for the taking. Oftentimes bigger fish suspend under the smaller schoolies in the 25 to 55 foot range and can be caught using the live bait as well
Stripers mixed with hybrids and white bass will continue to school on top all winter on prime cloudy days. The mouths of Wilson & White Water creeks, and in the main river channel near the dam continue producing some fish. Russ' Hand-Tied Bucktails or a white 1/2-oz. Rooster Tail should be kept handy in case a school pops up.A big Red Fin is a good choice for larger fish. Expect the fishing to be best very early and very late or on overcast days.The fish are mostly less than 3 pounds or so, but there is an occasional big one mixed in.Gulls & loons help pinpoint their locations,so keep your eyes and ears openl. I still expect the size to continue to improve as the water continues to cool down.--Trolling with mid depth crankbaits, Alabama Rigs, and vertical jigging chrome Challenger spoons has also been producing in these same areas .-----
Crappie: FAIR --Try fishing a minnow under a float around brushpiles or pitching small tube jigs under docks. Blowdown trees in 5-10 ft of water are also holding some fish. Concentrate on trees that are close to the old creek or river channel. I like the area from Highland Marina north to 219 in the Chattahoochee. Covered docks with brush in this area will also hold fish. Dropshotting minnows over or near deeper brush will also produce results.Trolling should start to improve soon as well.
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Point Lake's level is down about five feet or so. Expect the water level to continue to slowly fall unless we have some big rains. The water conditions are generally clear over nearly the entire lake. Water temperatures are basically ranging around 55-62 degrees-------
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