March 31, 2011
Some of the best fishing of the year is taking place out on Lake Amistad. Despite the winds last week, the air temps have been stable and the fishing continues to stay very productive. I have consistently been catching 30+ fish a day and many times over 40. I have only spent a few days on the water the past 2 weeks since I was fishing a B.A.S.S. event in NC. Some of the same patterns that produced a decent finish for me there are happening here at Lake Amistad. I will be focusing on bass in the shallows that are up and spawning for a few more weeks and many different types of patterns in shallow to mid depth waters will continue to be productive. On the Texas side of the lake and more specifically the waters east of the Hwy 90 Bridge have continued to turn on over the past 2 weeks. Water temps are now into the high 60ís everywhere on the Lake. Lake elevation surprisingly continues to stay at conservation pool (1117ft above sea level).
Current Patterns -
Shallow: The Optimum swimbait bite has still been productive as well as soft plastic stick baits over the shallow water spawning flats. For best results fish Zoom Super Flukes slowly and methodically in the 1-8 foot zones. These shallow fish are spawning and protecting their nests and many times you can get on good quantities and quality fish using this method. I have begun to see spawning activity on main lake flats and these fish are not as pressured as the bass located in the back of the creeks.
Mid-Depth: Picking off fish moving in from the deep water to the shallow water has still enabled me to catch many of the better quality fish over the past few weeks. Target the drains that have good depth (15-20ft of water) outside of spawning areas for best results. It is best to fish large plastics like the El Grande Lures Gila Monster or Berkley Power Worms slowly through these areas to target the larger fish.
Deep: Really there is not much need to be out any farther than 30 feet at this time of year, although, there are still some fish that can be caught deep on Lake Amistad. You may wish to target these fish with a drop shot or Omega football jigs.
See you at the Lake,