Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
Summer Fishing Report
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|BASS : FAIR ------I don't expect much change in the fishing as we move into late August and on in to September. However things could change quickly if we get a lot of rain or unusually cool temps. ----Some of the Largemouth will stay on some of the deeper structure as the water temps stabilize .Zoom 's Ol-Monster worms either Texas or Carolina -rigged or a Bomber Fat Free 7 or 8 in Citrus Shad are a couple of the favorite baits for exploring the off shore structures.Some fish are also being caught on drop shot rigs. Old road beds ,pond dams ,channel ledges ,etc. (especially those with fresh brush piles)will hold some good fish. Most of the tournament winning sacks come from large manmade brushpiles. ------At least a few of our Largemouth have decided they want to stay shallow all summer and should only improve as we move toward fall. Shallow-water
baits such as unweighted Trick Worms,,Flukes ,Senkos ,Buzzbaits and Spro Poppin Frogs should catch at least some fish.The trick is to fish them in cover, or around bream beds ,or balls of shallow bait. It is usually an early bite .----- Another productive pattern is to fish pig-n-jigs around trees. Not a lot of bites ,you are gonna lose or break some off,but a kicker fish can still be your reward.....
--The spotted bass fishing has even been fairly slow . Carolina rigged Finesse worms or a Tommy Head rigged with a Zoom Shakey Head worm are good choices for them.Try fishing bridge pilings,blowdowns ,gravel banks or shoal markers.
STRIPERS & HYBRIDS: GOOD
Expect the topwater fishing to continue to be best very early and very late or on overcast or rainy days. A popping cork rig has been working well on these 1-3 lb. fish. A 1/2 oz. white Rooster Tail, a Challenger chrome Spoon and a number of other small shad imitators have all been producing. The mouths of most creeks south of 109 bridge & the flats around Amity Park have been holding fish. --Trolling with mid depth crankbaits and Alabama Rigs has also been producing some in these same areas.--- Downlining with shad or bass shiners should continue to be effective. Free lining a live bait will also work at times. Most of the fish seem to be holding 20-30 ft. deep when they are not schooling on the surface.
CRAPPIE: FAIR -- Yellow Jacket, Wolf & Whitewater Creeks are still producing fish. Try fishing the smallest minnows you can find or a 1/16 oz. or smaller jig around brush piles & blowdowns in 10-15 of water. Concentrate on trees & brush that are close to the old creek channels.-- Pitching or shooting with small jigs around or under docks ( tube or feather tails)is also a very good technique during the summer. As usual, Crappie seem to love shade and cover .
CATFISH -GOOD - Try using worms or cut bait fished on bottom for good catches of channel cats. Bottle fishing is also a fun way to catch a good mess of cats. Channel cats bite well over most of the lake and are way under fished.------For big Flatheads try using a big live bream. Most of the best flathead fishing is in the deeper holes north of 219 bridge in the main Chattahoochee River run. Fish the baits on bottom and be prepared with some heavy gear, if you expect to land a big one. Don't be surprised if you hook in to a bonus striper in the same areas.
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KEITH HUDSON'S Guide Service -- West
Point Lake's level is at or slightly below full pool. Expect the water level to pretty much stabilize for a while. The water conditions are clear over much of the entire lake, only the river is slightly stained. Water temperatures are basically ranging around 85- 90 degrees . ----You can call 706 645 -2929 for the daily lake
level and generation schedule.