February 9, 2012
Here we go, again… this weekend BassChamps is in town and the lake will be rock’in with boat traffic. I will be at the Midessa Boat show in Odessa, TX. If you will be in the area, stop by and say hello! I just about hit the weights dead-on for the EverStart tourney last week, Lucky! I will guess it takes 29lbs to win BassChamps this weekend. I think a top 20 weight will be around 20lbs. Good Luck to everyone fishing! The lake has finally hit a steady level at 1102 feet above seal level. That is about 15 feet low and 5 feet lower than it was just 4 weeks ago. Water temps are still in the mid-high 50’s and fish are in late winter patterns with a few finding their way into pre-spawn patterns. A consistent deep bite is tough to find, but there are lots of fish wanting to hit the shallows but are still just on the outside of the big spawning areas. A couple days of warm weather strung together and this lake will be on fire!
Current Patterns -
Shallow: Finding the grass continues to be the key in the 1-15 foot depth zone. With the colder weather that has dominated this week I had much better success on jerkbaits like the Ima Flit 120 and slow moving plastics texas rigged. When I connect with fish in this depth zone I am finding they are ‘wolfpacks’ and you can get some decent ones in a hurry when working the area over thoroughly.
Mid-Depth: Dormant hydrilla in drains where fish can be found in pre-spawn patterns continue to produce. Deep diving crankbaits continue to be effective and big spinnerbaits are catching good numbers of fish as well. I continue to catch fish on Football Jigs and drop-shots in the 15-25 foot zone and sometimes I have found them grouped up, but they tend to be moving around a lot and not staying in the same locations day after day.
Deep: Drop-shot fishing and slabs have picked up for me this week as the cold weather dominated the Del Rio area in the early mornings.
Good luck to everyone fishing BassChamps!
See you on the Lake,