Keith Hudson's -Lake West Point Fishing- Guide Service
FALL Fishing Report
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Bass: Fair. --So far this fall, not much cool weather, and much higher than normal water has kept most of the fish shallow. Expect
the largemouth bite to continue to be good around any shallow
wood or brush 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. Some largemouth are even showing up on the south end of the lake in the creeks. 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, 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 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 rip-rap, brushpiles or rocky banks with blowdowns. Another good spot technique this time of year is drop-shotting directly in brushpiles in deeper water.
Linesides: Excellent. -- Downlining with shad or bass shiners is very 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 Wehadkee & Maple creeks and in the main river channel near the dam have all been producing some fish.Expect fish to show up back up lake as the water clears. Target drop-offs near the channel or the top of humps. Trolling with mid-depth crankbaits, Alabama Rigs, bucktail jigs and vertical jigging chrome Challenger spoons has also been producing in these same areas.
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 should start to show up soon to help pinpoint them, as well. I expect the size to continue to improve as the water continues to cool down.
Crappie: Fair. -- Blow-down
trees in 5 to 10 feet of water are holding some fish. Concentrate on trees
that are close to the old creek or river channel. Some fish are being caught in Wehadkee and Yellow Jacket creeks.
A minnow fished under a float will work at times, or you can try pitching small tube jigs. ----- Drop-shotting minnows over or near deeper brush will also produce results.
---Trolling for crappie usually picks up some during December.
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KEITH HUDSON'S Guide Service -- West
Point Lake's level is only around 2 feet or so below full pool after the early November rains. Very unusual to see the lake this high at this time of year.Expect the water level to continue dropping as we move into December. The water conditions are stained over most of the entire lake, only a little clear water to be found on the south end of the lake. Water temperatures are basically ranging around 60- 65 degrees . ----You can call 706 645 -2929 for the daily lake
level and generation schedule.