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     Bass: Good. April is usually my favorite month for all types of fishing in general. The weather is usually beautiful and fairly consistent. ---Bass can be caught on several different patterns. Top water baits such as Pop R's, Zara Spooks and Buzz Baits can be extremely effective for shallow and aggressive pre-spawn and spawning fish. ---The second pattern that works really well is to look for spawning shad. Try fishing rip rap around bridges with spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, and Zoom Superflukes- Additionally ,some big tournament sacks of Largemouth are weighed in April by guys who sight fish, targeting fish that are locked on bed. A Yamamoto senko or Merthiolate Trick worm rigged weightless will do the trick.  This can sometimes be an aggravating way to fish but can pay off in a tournament win ..---- Lots of spotted bass spawn in April and are caught  by just dragging a Carolina-rigged Zoom finesse worm or mini lizard around sloping gravel banks . This tactic normally works very well for numbers.

        Linesides: Excellent. Expect a strong river run from the hybrids and white bass this year until at least mid April. The hybrids have made a nice come back since the DNR has been stocking them again for the past several years. Many of these fish are mature enough this year to guarantee a big run. Try live or cut bait (even chicken livers will work at times!) fished in holes from Grayson's Landing to Franklin. Spray your bait with a little garlic scent for even more bites. ----- Some fish will, as usual, always remain down on the main lake as well and can be caught on small crankbaits, topwaters, and Storm Swim  Shad lures. Try the rip rap around the bridges at daylight  -shad spawn should start soon !

      Crappie: Good. There should be a decent second wave of crappie coming up in early to mid April this year to spawn. During April, crappie can be in all stages of the spawning process - pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn. Crappie can be easier to catch in slightly stained water especially if you have shallow brush, blow-downs or chunk rock structure. Spawned out fish will typically move out and hold on deeper structure for a while to recover. Night fishing should also improve in late April.
       Bream:  Good - Don't forget about our bream & shellcracker. Finding an active bed can take a little effort but when you do , you can have a ball ! Bedding usually takes place  on the full moon cycles in April & May. Look for shallow cover in the backs of pockets. Sandy flats & stump beds tend to draw the fish like a magnet. Use live pink worms , crickets and small jigs for the best results.  

       Catfish : Good - Lots of channel cat are caught every year by anglers that are targeting linesides. The same live & cut baits ( as well as pink worms and liver)  that are used on stripers will catch cats especially in the river north of 219.--- To target flatheads, go to a larger bait like a 4-5 inch bream and fish the same areas.Be sure to increase the size of your rigs as fish in the 20-30-lb. range are fairly common.   



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