Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
Spring Fishing Report
BASS : Good ------Expect the largemouth bite to continue to improve around rip rap rocks, shallow wood or brush cover or around spawning shad schools in the shallows. Most Largemouth Bass spawn as the water warms to around 70 degrees. Most good bed fisherman prefer clear water so they can target individual fish.They can also be pretty aggravating to make bite.Shallow-water baits such as unweighted Lizards,Flukes & Senkos will work .----A few postspawn females are already being caught as well.--- Most creeks seem to be producing.... Seeing a lot of blueback herring this year,which seems to explain the good production of the A-rigs.
--The spotted bass are biting very good as well. Carolina rigged Finesse worms or a Tommy Head rigged with a Zoom Shakey Head worm are good choices for these somewhat deeper mixed fish. ----Another option this time of year for spot is simply running banks or shoal markers with a small Bandit crankbait. Usually when you catch one ,there are others in the same area.
STRIPERS & HYBRIDS: GOOD
---The river run nomally cranks up full bore in April.It is usually pretty easy fishing.Anchor out and fish live or cut shad with garlic spray ( or in a pinch chicken livers sometimes work) on bottom.Sections of the Chattahoochee River north of Ringer access around Grayson's Landing are usually a good starting place.Expect a mix of whites,hybrids & stripers(and the occasional surprise big Flathead catfish).As the month goes along you can somewhat follow the fish on up to Franklin.----Use caution when running the river as the water is still down a good bit.
----Good numbers of fish are still down on the main lake. Downlining with shad or bass shiners is still fairly effective right now.Free lining a live bait will also work at times. The mouths of Yellow Jacket, Wilson & White Water creeks should continue producing some fish.-- Expect the topwater fishing to be best very early and very late or on overcast days.--Keep a popping cork rig ready. -----Trolling with mid depth crankbaits and Alabama Rigs has also been producing in these same areas .---
CRAPPIE: GOOD --The bite slowed up some this week.A lot of the fish have spawned out ,although some beds can still be found.Wehadkee,Veasey & Yellow Jacket creeks are still producing some fish. Early morning and late evening ,some fish will move shallow. Try fishing the smallest minnows you can find or 1/16 oz. jig under a weighted float around brush piles,blowdowns or gravel banks in shallow (3-5 ft.) of water.-- Pitchng with small jigs around docks ( tube or feather tails)is also good on post spawn fish. ---Blowdown trees & brushpiles in 10-15 ft of water are also holding some fish. Concentrate on trees that are close to the old creek channels. Crappie are still being caught by bank fishermen as well .The night fishing should really pick up soon as well.
THIS WEEK’S PERSONAL LOG
KEITH HUDSON'S Guide Service -- West
Point Lake's level is still down a couple of feet or so. Expect the water level to continue to rise to full pool and level off soon. The water conditions are fairly clear over nearly the entire lower lake.The river is muddy down to around 219 bridge Water temperatures are basically ranging around 65 -75 degrees-------.
----You can call 706 645 -2929 for the daily lake level and generation schedule.