Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
Winter Fishing Report
Bass: FAIR ----As the weather continues to cool down and the lake level continues to drop, expect more fish (especially spots) to stack 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.
-Expect the largemouth bite to continue to be fair at best around any shallow wood or brush cover or around baitfish schools .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 will still work at times.A warming trend or heavy rain even during winter 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.
STRIPERS & HYBRIDS: GOOD My personal favorite for winter fishing is the jigging spoon.Try vertical jigging on bottom on main lake flats ,road beds and humps in 20-30 ft of water.On a good day we are easily catching a mixed bag of 75-100 whites, spots ,stripers and hybrids.----Stripers mixed with hybrids and white bass will continue to school on top all winter on prime cloudy days. 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 a school pops up.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 expect the size to continue to improve as the water continues to cool down.--Trolling with mid depth crankbaits and Alabama Rigs has also been producing in these same areas .
----Downlining with shad or bass shiners is also very effective as the water cools.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 --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 the creek channels 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 50-55 degrees-------
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