Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
Early Winter Fishing Report
For more information on booking a trip
you can contact me by email at (click on this link) HudsonsProBass@gmail.com
or call me at (706) 884-1483 or (706) 882-1743 Now booking for prime Spring 2016 dates -- March 15th- July 15th !!!
THIS WEEK’S PERSONAL LOG
HUDSON'S Guide Service -- West
Point Lake's level is back around 6 feet below full pool,even after the late December rains. The water conditions are stained to muddy over most of the
entire lake. Water temperatures are around normal for this time of year,
basically still ranging around 50-55 degrees . ----You can call 706 645 -2929 for the daily lake
level and generation schedule.
Bass: Fair. --Not much change so far as we move into February, not much drastically cold weather, and a stained lake has kept many of the largemouth shallow. Expect
the largemouth bite to continue to be fair around any shallow
wood or brush,rip rap rocks or around baitfish schools. Shallow-water
baits such as Chatterbaits, Squarebills, and topwater baits such as
and Pop-Rs should continue to work. Spinnerbaits & pig-n-jigs are also
producing some fish around wood. Its a good time to catch a big fish even though the numbers are not that great.-- One of the main keys to this type of shallow fishing is to
the schools of shad. A ditch or creek run helps to hold the shad in an area.
If the colder weather finally moves in and the water clears, expect more fish, especially spotted bass, to stack up on structure such as humps, ledges, roadbeds and brushpiles in 15 to 20 feet of water. ---Drop-shot worms, jigging spoons or a copper-colored pig-n-jigs are good choices for deeper mixed fish.--- As usual,for specifically targeting spotted bass, try a Zoom Finesse green pumpkin worm around rip-rap, brushpiles or rocky banks with blowdowns. ---Another good spot technique during winter is drop-shotting directly in brushpiles in deeper water.
Linesides: Fair. -- Downlining with shad or bass shiners is still fairly effective as the water cools. Bigger fish suspend under the smaller schoolies in the 15 to 25-foot range and can be caught using the live bait.The mouths of Yellow Jacket,Wehadkee & Maple creeks and in the main river channel near the dam have all been producing some fish.Target drop-offs near the channel or the top of humps. ---Trolling with mid-depth crankbaits, Alabama Rigs, bucktail jigs and vertical jigging with spoons has also been producing in these same areas.-- The key is finding a little clearer water.
A few stripers mixed with hybrids and white bass continue to school on top. Expect the top-water fishing to be the best very early and very late or on overcast days. The schooling fish are mostly less than 3 pounds or so, but there is an occasional big one mixed in. Gulls and loons are showing up now to help pinpoint them, as well. I expect the size to continue to improve as the water continues to cool down.
Crappie: FAIR . Surprisingly, some crappie are being caught in the shallows on minnows under a float ,especially in the afternoons.---- Blow-down
trees in 5 to 10 feet of water are still holding some fish as well. Concentrate on trees
that are close to the old creek or river channel. ----Some fish are being caught by drop-shotting minnows over or
near deeper brush as well.-- Expect the shallow bite to turn off in the event of an extended cold snap or get even better with an extended warm trend.
---Trolling for crappie usually kicks into high gear soon.Whitewater & Yellow Jacket creeks almost always seem to turn on first.