Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
Winter Fishing Report
Bass: FAIR ---We still seem to be stuck in this winter weather pattern for at least a little longer .As long as the weather remains cold and the lake continues to drop and clear up, ---Expect the largemouth bite to continue to be fair at best around rip rap rocks, shallow wood or brush cover or around baitfish schools in the shallows .Shallow-water baits such as Chatterbaits, Rat'l traps and crawfish Shad Raps will work at times.A few big prespawn females are being caught ,so it is a good time for a trophy.Remember, a warming trend or heavy rain will usually improve the bite very quickly. One of the main keys to this type of fishing is to look for stained water that is just a few degrees warmer....
--Expect some fish (especially spots) to stay stacked up on deeper structures such as humps, ledges, roadbeds, and brush piles in at least 15 - 25 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. Simply running banks with a small crankbait can also produce spots.
STRIPERS & HYBRIDS: FAIR-- The mouths of Yellow Jacket, Wilson & White Water creeks should continue producing some fish. Russ' Hand-Tied Bucktails or a white 1/2-oz. Rooster Tail should be kept handy in case you spot surface feeding activity.A big Red Fin also is a good choice for larger fish. Expect the topwater 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 open. I still suggest vertical jigging a spoon as well, as long as the water stays clear they will hit it. Trolling with mid depth crankbaits and Alabama Rigs has also been producing in these same areas .---The river run usually cranks up in late March.
----Downlining with shad or bass shiners is also fairly effective right now.Most of the fish are running a little small.Lots of 1-3 lb. fish are there for the taking. Oftentimes, bigger fish suspend under the smaller schoolies in the 25 to 35 foot range and can be caught using the live bait as well.Free lining a live bait will also work at times.
Crappie: FAIR --Time to start trolling for crappie. Wehadkee,Yellow Jacket & Beech creeks are already producing a few fish. Troll near the channels in 12- 18 ft. of water.-- You can also try fishing a minnow under a float around brushpiles or pitching small tube jigs under docks. ---Blowdown trees in 10-15 ft of water are also holding some fish. Concentrate on trees that are close to the old creek channels. Dropshotting minnows over or near deeper brush will also produce results.Hopefully, Spring is just around the corner.Yeah!!
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THIS WEEK’S PERSONAL LOG
KEITH HUDSON'S Guide Service -- West
Point Lake's level is down about five feet or so. Expect the water level to continue to slowly fall unless we have some more big rains. The water conditions are fairly clear over nearly the entire lake. Water temperatures are basically ranging around 45-55 degrees------- Another cold front this week .ugh!!
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