December 5, 2012
Bass fishing here at Lake Amistad is beginning to become a lot more predictable over the last couple of weeks. The water temps are in the low-mid 60’s. Catch rates have increased and are 20+ keeper bass on a typical outing. The quality bite is still fairly elusive as we continue to catch a few 4-6lb fish every couple trips, but it is still a grind to catch those bigger bass. Water levels continue to be steady and the current lake level is 1082.38 which is a little over 34 feet below conservation pool. That translates to plenty of water in the lake!
Current Patterns -
Shallow: Many of the bait fish in the back of the creeks have disappeared and are moving out to the deeper water. There is still tons of hydrilla all over the lake although there is evidence of it becoming dormant. My best approach the past week has been staying on the main lake around the hydrilla and targeting 1-15 feet of water. I am using the Ima Rock-N-Vibe in Hot Craw around the flats over the top of hydrilla. Around the deeper points with grass I am still using the Ima Flit 120 jerkbaits in Ghost Tennessee Shad and Tennessee Shad. Casting squarebill crankbaits in natural colors over the flats and around the points is producing as well.
Mid-Depth: I have been working this depth zone hard with some varying success. Football jigs in browns and purples are working on the edges of the grass in 10-15 feet next to very deep drops (60-100ft). Texas rigged El Grande Lure Jr. Gila Monster are also productive. I have also connected with some solid fish on crankbaits on the mid-depth main lake flats that have a ‘carpet’ of grass on the bottom.
Deep: Not so good for me right now.
See you on the Lake!