April 23, 2014
The bass are spawning a lot… but the water is dropping very fast! Over my last several outing the fishing has been really good. Some of the best I have seen in 2 years. In a few trips w topped 30+ fish. The biggest one we have bagged as of late was a 6+lber. Some topwater action has also been in the mix on overcast days. I have been concentrating most of my efforts in the Devils River side of the lake and focusing on shallow areas and backs of creeks. As I mentioned the lake is dropping fast and it is effecting the fish on a daily basis. They want to be shallow but keep moving out with the water depth dropping. Water temps are mid to high 60’s depending on the amount of daily sunshine. Water clarity is still lower than normal with about 4 feet visibility down lake and 2 feet in the rivers.
Current Patterns -
Shallow: Soft stick worms have been the ticket the past week. Fished slowly around any visible cover gets bit fairly frequently. The topwater bite with walking baits such as the iMA Skimmer has been good in the back of any small drain. Keep to production with this technique is walking it very slowly with longer than normal pauses.
Mid-Depth: Swimbaiting with an Optimum 5’ BLT continues to produce action and the Texas Rig is becoming dominate for numbers in this depth zone. Fish this technique with the lightest weigh possible and just crawl it along the bottom slowly for best results.
Deep: The predominate patterns are in less than 20 feet… get toward the bank!