Matt is a local Lake Seminole angler and will be reporting to us throughout the month after his days on the water. His knowledge of Bass Fishing and Lake Seminole will be an asset to this site. Thanks Matt! Click here to see the 2012 Lake Seminole Reports
Date: January 19th, 2013
Lake Seminole is down 6 inches, clear, and 65 degrees. The unusually hot weather pattern that we just had really warmed up the water temperatures and made the bass move up to stage and get ready to spawn. The fish have been really deep, but now they are heading towards these staging areas and can be caught on an array of baits. The absolute best places to fish are ditches and depressions that lead to or are found near sandbars and spawning grounds. The easiest way to find these areas is to have a good depthfinder with a good gps mapping system, such as the Lowrance HDS systems with insight mapping. I have found that these are the absolute best on the market for keying you in on the exact location of these areas on the lake. Once you find these areas, the points and cuts in the grass are going to be the best areas to key on. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or a Stanford Old School SSR in Summer are two good baits to use and can be ripped free from the grass which helps to draw strikes from pre-spawners. The SSR is an awesome new bait from Stanford that will absolutely catch em on Seminole. Either of these baits can be fished on 16 lb. Sunline floroucarbon. The recent cold front may slow it down, but their have actually been some bass spawning on the lake. These fish can be caught with a Big Bite Baits Warmouth which is the best bait on the market for bedding bass.
Date: January 10th, 2013
Lake Seminole is down 6 inches, clear, and 59 degrees.
The unusually hot weather pattern we are experiencing right now is really warming up the water temperatures and making the bass move up to stage and get ready to spawn. The fish have been really deep, but now they are heading towards these staging areas and can be caught on an array of baits. The absolute best places to fish are ditches and depressions that lead to or are found near sandbars and spawning grounds. The easiest way to find these areas is to have a good depthfinder with a good gps mapping system, such as the Lowrance HDS systems with insight mapping. I have found that these are the absolute best on the market for keying you in on the exact location of these areas on the lake. Once you find these areas, the points and cuts in the grass are going to be the best areas to key on. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or a Standord Patriot 1.5 in Summer are two good baits to use and can be ripped free from the grass which helps to draw strikes from pre-spawners. Once you find an area that has fish, you can slow down with either a suspending jerkbait or a Carolina Rig. For a suspending jerkbait, the Spro Mcstick in Clear Chartreuse is really hard to beat on Seminole. The 110 seems to be the best, but the 115 should be killer, as it gives a larger profile for larger fish. For Carolina Rigging, Big Bite Baits has a new 8" Finesse Worm in Blue Fleck Color that is awesome. A perfect setup for Carolina Rigging is to use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper , a 1 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten, and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank Hook. Your leader needs to be at least 3 feet long with this technique.
Date: January 28th, 2013
Lake Seminole - 63.2 degrees, clear, 0.5 feet below full pool
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass are steady on the move right now on Seminole. With the warm weather, the bass are either on the beds or very near their spawning grounds. The best way to find and catch bass on Seminole right now is to tie on a shallow running crankbait such as a Stanford Old School SSR in Summer or either a Spro Little John in Clear Chartreuse. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon with these baits to keep them up shallow. These are good search baits to use on flats near sand on the main lake. While fishing these areas, keep your eyes open for bedding bass or sandbars. This type of fishing is extremely helpful with a set of dual Power Poles from JL marine. If you find bass on bed, the best bait for catching bedding fish is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth in Chartreuse Bluegill Color. In order to fish this bait, it must be rigged correctly. This bait was specificall designed to be rigged on the side with a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. You also need to use a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight along with a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper. This is the best weight/bobber stopper combination on the market right now. If you find sandbars in these areas, then you can back off and fish these with a Texas Rig or a Carolina Rig 8" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin. The rattle trap bite on the grass flats will work also, but can be hit or miss with the warm water temperatures.
Date: January 31st, 2013
Lake Seminole - 60.2 degrees, clear, 0.5 feet below full pool
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass are steady on the move right now on Seminole. The weather keeps being unpredictable, but the bass are still very near their spawning grounds and some are even on the bed. The best way to find and catch bass on Seminole right now is to tie on a shallow running crankbait such as a Stanford Old School SSR in Summer or either a Spro Little John in Clear Chartreuse. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon with these baits to keep them up shallow. These are good search baits to use on flats near sand on the main lake. While fishing these areas, keep your eyes open for bedding bass or sandbars. This type of fishing is extremely helpful with a set of dual Power Poles from JL marine. If you find bass on bed, the best bait for catching bedding fish is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth in Chartreuse Bluegill Color. In order to fish this bait, it must be rigged correctly. This bait was specificall designed to be rigged on the side with a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. You also need to use a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight along with a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper. This is the best weight/bobber stopper combination on the market right now. If you find sandbars in these areas, then you can back off and fish these with a Texas Rig or a Carolina Rig 8" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin. The rattle trap bite on the grass flats will work also, but can be hit or miss with the warmer water temperatures.
Date: February 20, 2013
Lake Seminole - lake level -0.56 below full pool. 55 degrees. Muddy
Bass - The bass are still trying to get used to the fresh mud that has made its way down Spring Creek, the Flint, and the Chattahoochee. If you want to find clear water, you will have to either go up in Fish Pond Drain or in the backs of the Ponds. If you find some clear water, you can swim a White Big Bite Baits 7" Sugar Cane worm around shallow grass and lily pads to target spawning fish or cruising fish. I would rig the Sugar Cane worm on 20lb. Sunline Super Flourocarbon, a 4/0 Gamakatsu Hook, and a 1/4 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tunsten weight along with a FCF bobber stopper. For fishing in the muddy water, you need to target shallow grass flats that are adjacent to sandbars or near the mouth of spawing coves. The best bait of choice would be a shallow running crankbait or either a lipless crankbait. A Spro Aruku Shad 85 in Mudbug Red is good for locating the fish, but one of my secrets that I hate to give away for really catching them is a new
crankbait by Stanford called the Old School SSR. This bait is awesome for fishing the flats near sand. The best color right now with the mud is Chartreuse Tennessee. This bait is extremely flat sided and goes down b/w 2-3 feet and is simply awesome on shallow fish. Use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper for either of the cranking techniques. Use the Aruku Shad to locate a school of fish and then switch to the Stanford SSR to give a more subtle approach that will really catch em. Power Poles really make this type of fishing nice because it seems like the wind is always blowing this time of year and they will allow you to stay right on the spot without drifting off of the fish.
Date: March 14, 2013
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, muddy, 59 degrees
Bass - Good. It is still taking big weights to win tournaments on Seminole. The fish are still primarily in a pre-spawn mode and can be caught in staging areas near their spawning grounds. To search for these areas, look for main lake grass points near sandbars, and use a Stanford Razor Shad Medium Diver in Chartreuse/Black. To make this bait even better, replace the stock hooks with number 4 Gamakatsu EWG Treble Hooks. Once you find a school of fish, you can catch them with this bait until they quit biting, and then switch to a Texas or Carolina Rig 8" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Lizard in Black/Blue. For the Texas Rig, use a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight and FCF bobber stopper, along with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook. For the Carolina Rig, use a 1 oz FCF Tungsten, a bead, a swivel, a 4 foot leader, and the same hook. 16 lb. Sunline Flourocarbon works well for both techniques. As the spring temperatures continue to warm and the moon gets full, look for the bass to start moving up on the sandbars and beds.
Date: March 27, 2013
Bass fishing is good. The bass have moved up heavily on the beds now and there is also a lot of nice fish cruising around bedding areas in the shallows. One good technique to use right now is to keep your trolling motor in about 70 % and ride and look for bedding bass to catch. While you are looking there are several baits that you can fish around in the bedding areas that will catch nice fish. The first is a shallow running crank bait such as a Spro Fat John in Clear Chartreuse or a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in Summer color. Use a heavy fluorocarbon when fishing these two baits to keep them running shallow such as 20 pound test Sunline FC Sniper. The other technique to use in these areas is to swim a Big Bite Baits 7 Sugar Cane worm. This bait can be Texas-rigged with a 1/4 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten and a FCF bobber stopper. It has a paddle tail action and when Texas rigged, you can swim it through grass and lily pads much like swim bait. Once you find a bedding fish, then it is time to drop the Power Poles which are great for shallow fishing and begin trying to entice the fish to bite. The best bait on the market right now for sight fishing is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth. This bait is extremely awesome for bedding bass. There are several great colors to use, but we like the Chartreuse Blue Gill color. It is a little tricky trying to rig this bait, but the Big Bite Baits website has an illustration of how to rig it on a 5/0 EWG Gamakatsu hook. Also when bed fishing use a co polymer line with a little stretch such as 16 to 22 pound Sunline Machinegun Cast.
Date: April 10, 2013
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is red hot right now. The bass are spawning and biting pretty good on all areas of the lake. There have actually been some bass caught on Alabama rigs on grasslines near the edge of spawning flats. The best way to rig this bait is to use light 1/8 ounce Gamakatsu Jig Heads and 3.5" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers in Reel Shad color. Use at least 60 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid with this technique. Another great pattern is to sight fish and fish while looking for beds with a Stanford Old School SSR Crankbait in Tennessee Shad. This technique works real well on the sandbars that are in b/w Spring Creek and the Flint River. Once you find a bedding bass locked down, anchor down with some Power Poles, and began trying to entice the fish to strike. There are many different baits that can catch a bedding bass, but the main thing I have found is to use a heavy lead such as a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten. I would also peg the weight with a FCF bobber stopper.
Date: April 26, 2013
Lake Seminole - Full Pool. Stained. 74 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass are nearing the end of the spawn and most fish that are being caught on the lake right now are post-spawn fish that are feeding on shad. A good pattern to search for right now is the shad spawn. The shad are spawning right now all over the lake, you just need to be on the water early to get in on the action. Any topped out vegetation such as hydrilla or peanut grass near deeper water is a good place to look. The shad will spawn on top of the water and you can see them flicking in the grass. Once you find a shad spawn, there are several baits that will catch the bass, but it is really hard to beat an A-rig. The best baits to rig the A-rig up are the new Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper 3.5 in reel shad. To rig up the A-rig properly and lessen your chance of losing it, you need to use heavy braid, such as 65lb Sunline FX2, light wire Gamakastu jigheads, and strong snaps. The weight of the jig head varies depending on the depth. 1/8 oz works well in shallow water and 1/4 oz works well in depths of 10 feet or more. If throwing the A-rig is simply just not your style, then a spinnerbait works real well around the shad spawn. Topwater is also starting to get fired up and a good bait to use around the shad is a Stanford Turbo Shad in Summer color. Once the shad spawn is over, look for main lake grass points and fish the A-rig, spinnerbait, or a Carolina Rig with a 1 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight. Use your electronics to locate the grass points and look for bait. The new Lowrance Elite 7 HDI is an awesome unit and has an affordable price. It works well on Seminole b/c it really shows detail and makes it easier to locate balls of shad on the outside edges of the grass.
Date: May 23, 2013
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, 78 degrees, Flint muddy, Spring Creek Clear, Chattahoochee Stained
Bass - Good. The grass has yet to top out, and everything is still a little behind. There are actually still several bass that are spawning. The topwater bite is beginning to pick up, but the best places for topwater are on shallow flats around any topped out grass. A good bait for topwater is a Stanford Turbo Shad in Bone Crusher or Buster Bream colors. A good way to fish the bait is on 50 lb. Sunline FX2 braid with a 25 lb. Sunline Machine Gun Cast leader. The leader only needs to be about 6 inches long. This helps to keep the bait from fouling up when working it. Other patterns that are working pretty good right now are fishing a crankait and an A-rig on grass points with shad present. The new Lowrance units will really make it easy to find, locate, and distinguish between bait and grass. Also, when fishing these areas, be looking down in the water as you pull your bait up and look for shad following the bait. This will give allow you to see if there are shad in the area. For the A-rig, rig it with 1/8 or 1/4 oz Gamakatsu jigheads and Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers in Reel Shad or SS Shad colors. When cranking, there are two crankbaits that work really well on Seminole and they are the Spro Little John DD and Baby DD. Clear Chartreuse and Nasty Shad are two good color choices.
Date: June 6, 2013
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, stained, 80 degrees
Bass Fishing is fair on Seminole right now. The topwater bite has yet to become great. I feel like we need a couple more weeks of hot weather and the topwater bite will get a whole lot better. The frog bite is pretty good right now though and the pattern is to find bream. The bream are feeding in shallow sandy areas where pepper grass and scum is present. Fish these areas with a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Natural Green or Red Ear. You need to use a heavy rod at least 7 ft with 60 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid. If you find open areas near this stuff, then throw a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream on 22 lb. Sunline Machine Gun Cast. Power Poles really come in handy when fishing these shallow areas, because they allow you to anchor down and fish an area thoroughly. If frogging is not you style, there is a pretty decent worm bite over in Spring Creek. Use a good depthfinder to find deep grass points such as the new HDS Touch Units from Lowrance. 15-18 feet is the key depth to look for and a Texas Rig works best. The best way to rig the Texas Rig is to use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten, a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank Hook, and a Big Bite Baits D2 worm in Tilapia Color. Also, use a Fish Catchin Fool bobber stopper to keep your worm and lead together while fishing the grass.
Date: June 21, 2013
Lake Seminole - Down 6 inches, stained, 80 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass are biting topwater in the early morning hours for about 30 minutes after daylight. Use walking baits such as a Spook or Spro Dawg 100 on Grass Points near deep water. After the topwater bite is over with, you can still catch fish in these same areas by swimming a worm slowly through the grass. Rig up a 6" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in Tilapia on a 1/4 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, FCF bobber Stopper, and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook. The best technique is to just swim the worm through the grass vs shaking or hopping it. 16 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon works best for this technique. There is also a ledge bite going on in the Chattahoochee River. Use your Lowrance Electronics with Insight Mapping to locate humps, points, bends, and submerged timber on ledges in the main lake. Use a crankbait such as a Spro Little John DD to locate schools of fish then you can switch to a Carolina Rig or Texas Rig to catch em.
Date: July 6, 2013
Lake Seminole - 80 degrees, muddy, full pool
Lake Seminole is high and getting muddy from the recent rains, but the bass are really biting right now. The grasslines on the Flint River seem to be the best area for topwater and they will bite topwater all day with a little cloud cover. Walking baits such as a Spro Dawg 100 or a Super Spook work really well, along with buzzbaits. Topwater frogs also work real well, but the swimming ones seem to draw more strikes. Big Bite Baits has a new bait out called a Buzzing Warmouth that seems to be working real well now when swimmed over the grass. Another pattern that has been catching a ton of fish on the lake is to fish ledges on the Chattahoochee River. The grass did not seem to grow real well over there this year, so you can actually fish ledges just like you would on Eufaula. Use your Lowrance Units with Insight Mapping to locate points and cuts on the ledges, and use your Structure Scan to look for cover such as blow downs and brush. Once you find this, you can crank it with a Stanford Cedar Shad deep crankbait in Summer color on 12 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, or you can slow it down with a 1/2 oz Strikezone Lures Football Jig with a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog as a trailer.
Date: July 20, 2013
Lake Seminole - above full pool, 80 degrees, muddy
Bass Fishing is Great! This the first time in a long while since we have had a summer with stained water and current. The Flint River is on fire right now because of all of the current. You can see the grass swaying back and forth and the bait is all up in the grass. There are numerous grassbeds on the Flint that are holding fish right now and the bass will simply hammer a frog. Use a Big Bite Baits Top Toad in White to swim over the grassbeds. Make sure to use Sunline 60lb. FX2 braid and at least a 7'6" rod with a high speed reel. Power Poles come in real handy when fishing in water 6 feet or less because they allow you to anchor your boat and really fish slow on the grassbeds with schools of bass. Another pattern that is working awesome is to fish ledges on the Hooch. Use your Lowrance Units with insight mapping to locate humps and points that are adjacent to the river channel. These are the areas that are holding fish. Once you find a school of bass, use a Spro Little John DD in Spooky Nasty or a Stanford Deep Cedar Shad in Tennesse Shad to fire the school up. Once they slow down, switch to a 8" BBB Finesse Worm in Blue Fleck color on a 3/8 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank Hook. This is the best setup I have found to catch numbers and quality on these ledges.
Date: August 8, 2013
Bass are biting fairly well on Seminole right now. The best pattern seems to be frogging on the main lake and Chattahoochee. On the main lake, look for grasslines that are close to deep water and throw a frog that you can swim over the tops of the grass, such as a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in Green Pumpkin/Pearl. On the Hooch, look for the thick pad fields with 8 foot water nearby and throw a Spro Bronzeye 65 in Rainforest Black. Another way to catch them is to fish ledges near the old Chattahoochee River Channel. You will definitely need to use some good electronics to find the structure that the fish are relating to. The new Lowrance TouchScreen Units with Structure Scan are awesome. Once you find the cover, throw a Stanford Cedar Shad Deep Crankbait in Summer Color or a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight on a Texas Rig 10" Worm.
Date: August 25, 2013
Lake Seminole - 3 ft above full pool, muddy, 81 degrees
Bass - Good. With plenty of current on the lake and rivers, the bite is pretty good. Look for points and cuts on main lake grass beds and fish the current breaks in these areas b/c the fish will be stacked up in these places. Topwater works good early in the morning or during the day when clouds are present. You need a big top water plug that makes a lot of noise but stays in one place for a while such as a Stanford turbo shad. Any color with a chartreuse or yellow belly will be good in the muddy water. Another good option in these areas is a spinnerbait or a shallow running crankbait such as a spro fat John in black/chartreuse. Flipping 1 ounce jigs or 1 ounce FCF Mat Missles with big bite baits fighting frogs is also working good right now in 4-7 ft grassbeds with current. Use at least 60 lb Sunline braid with this technique so that you won't have any trouble getting the big boys out.
Date: September 8, 2013
Lake Seminole - 1 ft above full pool, 82 degrees, muddy
Bass are biting pretty good right now on Seminole and all you need is topwater or flippin. The frog bite is really happening right now. The Nories Frogfest was held on Seminole recently and with a 3 fish limit, it took 19.66 lbs to win. My partner and I got 3rd with 18.84 lbs. This was a 102 boat field. There really were some nice stringers caught and all you could throw was a frog. The fish are biting the frog in the grass and in the pads. Use a Regular Spro Bronzeye 65 in Natural Green or Leopard. Use at least 60 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid, but 80lb. works best. Look for grassbeds or lily pads that have current present and fish fast to cover a lot of water. Another good way to catch them right now is to flip grassmats on the Flint River. When flipping, use at least a 1 oz. Mat Misile made by Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weights. They will be coming out with heavier weights soon and they will be awesome. The best bait and set up is to use a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw in Hematoma and rig it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippin Hook, and Braid of Course.
Date: September 19, 2013
Lake Seminole is falling and the current is slowing down. The fishing seems to be getting somewhat tougher. The shallow grass bite is really the way to go right now and don't be afraid to fish in 2 feet of water or less. Frogs are hard to beat and you have 2 good choices. Either throw a swimming frog you can swim over the grass or either a floating hollow body frog. For a good swimming frog, use a Big Bites Baits 3.5" Top Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl. Use a Gamakatsu 5/0 EWG hook and 60lb. Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flipping Braid. For a hollow body frog, opt for a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Natural Green. Use the same line for this technique. Look for shallow grass flats with bream present in order to be in a good area. Another good way to catch them is to fish grasslines near the deepest part of the river channel. Use a topwater plug such as a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream. If grass is not your thing, there still are some good fish being caught out deep on ledges on the Hooch. You will definitely need good electronics with a chip such as Lowrance HDS Structure Scan and Navionics Mapping Cards. Look for humps, points, and ledges on the main lake part of the Chattahoochee River and fish crankbaits and Carolina Rigs.
Date: October 3rd, 2013
Lake Seminole is still on fire right now. There are really three main ways to catch them right now on Seminole. You can either frog, flip, or throw crankbaits on ledges. The frog bite is probably better now than it has ever been on Seminole. Look for shallow, grassy areas with bream present. Spro has a new bait that has not hit stores just quite yet, but I have some and they are totally awesome for Lake Seminole. They are the Dean Rojas Bronzeye Shad. They have 7 awesome colors, all of which are great to throw on Seminole. The bait has tremendous walking action and a GLIDE like no other walking bait I have ever seen. They will be available sometime toward the middle to end of this month so make sure to get your orders in early at http://www.spro.com/. For flipping, you have to just pick a grassline and go! Use at least 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flippin Braid, a 1 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook, a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper, and a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw in whichever color you choose. This is about the best combination for flipping I have found for the hydrilla. You may go several hundred yards without a bite, but just keep flippin and eventually you will find a couple and they will be good ones. The third option you have right now on Seminole is to use your Lowrance HDS Electronics with Structure Scan to locate stumps and laydowns on the river ledges of the Main Lake Chattahoochee River. Once you find good looking areas, throw a Stanford Deep Cedar Shad in Summer Pattern to locate schools of fish. 12 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourcarbon works best for the cranking technique.
Date: October 17th, 2013
Lake Seminole - down 1 ft, 76 degrees, clear
The bite has gotten somewhat tough on the Lake right now and it is mainly due from fishing pressure. There have been several tournaments on the lake and it has the fish in a funky mood. A sure way to catch some finicky fish right now is to use a Spro McStick 95 Jerkbait on a spinning rod with 8 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon. The McStick 95 floats slowly and 2 good colors are Spooky Shad and Clear Chartreuse. You are sure to get some bites with this technique from all sizes of fish. If you are looking for larger bass, you can flip grasslines on the main lake and Spring Creek. When flipping, just flip the points and the cuts in the grass. Use a 1 1/4 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, a FCF bobber stopper, and a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook. For bait of choice, its hard to beat the new Big Bites Baits Real Deal Craw.
Date: October 25th, 2013
Lake Seminole - down 1 ft, light stain, 72 degrees
Bass Fishing - Slow. There has been entirely too much pressure on the lake. There have been at least 3 tournaments in the past 3 weeks with 75-100 boats. The fish have simply been beat too much. The recent cold front has not helped out much either. However, we are talking about Lake Seminole and giant bags are possible each and everyday. There are some ways of still catching good numbers of bass also. With the grass dying back you can fish a lipless crankbait, such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory. The grass is still thick, however, so you need to use heavy line and a somewhat stiff rod. 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon is hard to beat. Look for points of grass on the main lake and fish around these. Flats with submerged grass are also good too, but can be hard to find. The East Bank Campground Area has been holding some good fish. Use you Lowrance Structure Scan units to find the best areas on the flats that has the best submerged grass beds. Fish these areas with the Aruku Shad and a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in Watermelon Seed. You can also flip to catch some big ones. Spring Creek has been really hit hard with flipping and the bite is slow over there, but the areas out in front of Wingate's is still pretty good for flipping. When flipping, use a NEW 1 1/4 oz Tungsten made by Fish Catchin Fool, a FCF bobber stopper, a 5/0 Superline Gamakatsu Hook, and a NEW Real Deal Craw from Big Bite Baits. You will get more bites with 25 lb. Fluorocarbon, but I always just use Braid. Hope this helps.
Date: November 17th, 2013
Lake Seminole Fishing Report
The grass is really starting to die back on Lake Seminole right now and there are some big bass coming out their hiding spots. The true edge of the grasslines now are getting hard to see, so that means you can actually fish over the tops of the hydrilla and coontail. All the main lake grass is doing this, so just concentrate on the points and pockets in the grass and throw a lipless crankbait on fluorocarbon or light braid. A Spro Aruku SHad in Old Glory or Mudbug Red is hard to beat when fished with 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper FLouro or 30 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid. Once you find an area with fish, then you can slow down with a Spro McStick Suspending Jerkbait. The colder the weather gets, the better this bite will get. If it gets extremely cold, then you can slow down even more with a Carolina Rigged 8" Finesse Worm by Big Bite Baits. Make sure you mark these areas with your Lowrance Units because the grass is changing so fast.
Date: December 3rd, 2013
Bass fishing on Seminole right now is extremely good. There are very few boats on the lake fishing and the bass are biting. There are multiple ways to catch them right now, but the best way is to find the bait. Finding the shad is a must right now as the bass are stocking up for the winter. Your Lowrance Electronics are a must right now because they are the absolute best at finding and locating schools of baitfish. I have actually been using mine to drop shot in Spring Creek. You can see the baitfish, the bass, and your lure on the screen at the same time. You can actually see fish going down after your lure. It's pretty amazing. There are fish in really deep water in Spring Creek right now and I mean all the way in 22 and 23 feet of water. The drop shot is a great way to catch them, but you need to rig it correctly. Use a spinning rod with 8 lb. Sunline Flourocarbon, a gamakatsu drop shot hook, a swivel, a Fish Catching Fool 1/8 oz tungsten with a FCF bobber stopper at the bottom, and a Big Bite Baits 6" Shaking Squirrel in Bold Gill. THis is a really good set up to catch them in Spring Creek. There really are no distinct places, just look for the bait and the fish will be underneath them. You can also catch them cranking grasslines with a Spro Little John Baby DD in Clear Chartreuse. Just look for grasslines that have any indication of bait present such as birds or even fish busting in the grass. Hope this helps!
Date: December 13th, 2013
Lake Seminole is about as good as you can get right now for both bass and stripers. The bass are feeding up on shad in pre-spawn areas, which I know seems early, but with the warm weather the bass are confused. Look for staging flats and fish the edges with a Spro Aruku Shad in Mudbug Red or a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in Summer Color. The best areas are the grass points and on top of the flats where the grass is low enough to throw over the tops of the hydrilla. Another good pattern is fishing the deep timber in Spring Creek. For fishing in Spring Creek, you need 2 baits - A spro DD in Clear Chartreuse and a 8" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in green pumpkin. Use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper for both baits and rig the Finesse WOrm up with a 1/4 Fish Catchin Fool Tunsten and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset worm hook. The bass will suspend in the timber and both baits are a good way to catch them.
The stripers are extremely easy to find as long as you have some good electronics like the new Lowrance HDS Touchscreens with Structure scan. Just look out on the main lake for diving seagulls and then idle over the areas with the structure scan. You will immediately see them if they are there. Then all you have to do is throw a Bama Rig over the school. Rig the Bama rig with 1/4 oz jigheads and Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers in Shad colors. You need a reel that will make long casts and handle heavy braid. Lews has a new line up of baitcasters called Lews Super Duty Speed Spool. They will hold 160 yards of 30lb. braid and are designed specifically for these heavy duty conditions. Check them out at www.lews.com for more information.
Date: December 20th, 2013
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 57 degrees
Bass - Great. The bass are biting good on Seminole. They are fattening up for the winter and can already be caught in many of their pre-spawn places. Look for the mouths of spawning areas such as Fish Pond Drain and use search baits such as lipless crankbaits and medium diving crankbaits. Fish grass flats and grass edges with a Spro Aruku Shad 75 or a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in shad colors. The fish are schooled up and these two baits can be fished fast to cover a lot of water. The grass is still pretty thick in places, so a good braided line such as Sunline FX2 in 30 lb works best with these two techniques. Once you find an area that is holding a school of bass, you can catch as many as you can cranking, and then slow down with a Carolina Rig. The best set up for the Carolina Rig is to use a long rod and a long leader. Fluorcarbon line works good in the grass, as well as a 1 1/4 oz Tungsten weight from Fish Catchin Fool.
Stripers - Excellent. The stripers are feeding on shad on the main lake near the dam. Use your electronics such as the new touch screen units from Lowrance with Insight mapping and Structure Scan to find and locate the humps on the Chattahoochee and Flint River. With the Lowrance Structure Scan you can pretty easily find the schools of Stripers and Hybrids. Then fan cast an Umbrella Rig with 1/4 oz Jigheads and 5" Big Bite Bait Cane Thumpers in Reel Shad or SX Shad Colors. There have been some really big ones being caught lately. For these big fish, you need a stout reel that will hold a good bit of braided line. Lews has a new line up of baitcasters called Super Duty Speed Spools that are specifically made for throwing braid and heavy duty applications such as this.