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!
Date: January 17th, 2015
Lake Seminole - down about 4 inches, 52 degrees, heavy stain
Bass are biting but are in tight schools and are a little hard to find. Look for areas on the main lake that are close to deep water and have good grass present. Of course a lipless crankbait is hard to beat right now, but a chatterbait is also good. For the lipless crankbait, use Sunline FX2 Braid in 50lb, a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red, and a Lews Team Lite Speed in 7:5:1 gear ratio. For the chatterbait, use a 1/2 Buddha Bait Co. Swagger Jig in Black/Blue with a 4.25" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in Hematoma. The best places are areas that are close to spawning areas such as ditches and depressions. The flats from Ship Island to the Firebreak on the Flint side is a good place to start and spend all day. Your Lowrance HDS units with a Navionics chip will show you where these areas are. There is also a good flipping bite in backwaters off of the Flint River and Chattahoochee RIver. Looks for dead hyacinths, as they will give off heat during a sunny day. Use a 1 1/4 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weight, a bobber stopper, a 4/0 Gamakatsu Hvy Cvr Flipping Hook, and a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. Power Poles come in handy with the flipping technique because you can pull up to a mat, drop the poles and fish it thouroughly as the bite is slow.
Date: February 21st, 2015
Lake Seminole is fishing pretty tough right now due to the extreme cold front. With that said, we are still talking about Lake Seminole which is close to being one of the top lakes in the country, so catching a giant stringer of fish is possible under any conditions. The most recent tournament was one with a whopping 35.70 lbs and second place was 31.04 lbs. These were all pre-spawn females that are waiting for warm weather so they can go and lay their eggs. The recent cold front has slowed down the migration of these big fish, so you will need to fish deep in Spring Creek or the deeper depressions on the flats. In Spring Creek, the fish like to relate to edges of grass and stumps. The grass really took a hit last year from the muddy fast current and is not growing like it used to grow. With the lack of grass present the fish in the creek seem to be relating to the edges of the stumps. Moving baits such as crankbaits will catch them in deep water, but slower presentations seem to get more bites. If cranking, use a Spro Little John DD in Nasty Shad on 12 lb. Sunline fluorocarbon. A long cranking rod such as a Duckett Magic Pro 7'6" and a good cranking reel such as a Lews LFS series in a 5:4 gear ratio is about the best tools you can use for this technique. The combination of the rod, reel, and line allow for a good feel to keep your lure from snagging. If you find an area that has some fish you can slow down with a jig presentation. For a jig use a 1/2 Buddha Baits In-Seine Swim Jig and a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Momma as a trailer. Fish this on 20 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon and fish it slow. To make things easier, use Lowrance Structure Scan technology to scan areas to locate fish before fishing for them. If you are fishing the depressions on the flats, use a Spro Fat Papa 55 crankbait. This bait will run about 6-8 feet. A texas rigged worm with a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten lead is also good to fish in either Spring Creek or the depressions on the flats.
Date: March 12th, 2015
Lake Seminole - The water temps are up to around 63 degrees in backwater areas and the bass are spawning pretty good. There are small buck bass bedding on sand and the larger females are cruising around in the bedding areas. There are several different ways to get bit in these areas, I will share a few. If the areas have grass or lily pads present you can swim a jig through the pads and grass. A 3/8 Buddha Baits In-Seine Swim Jig in green pumpkin with a 4.25" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in green pumpkin is a great combination. Pair this with a 7'4" Hvy Duckett Terex Rod, a Team Lews Lite reel with 7:5:1 gear ratio, and 50lb Sunline braid and you are in business. If the bedding areas are near sandbars with sparse vegetation, then you can fish a shallow diving crankbait such as a Spro Baby Fat John in Nasty Shad. If you are sight fishing, then Power-Poles are a must b/c they make this technique so much easier. If you find a bedding bass, a Big Bite Baits Warmouth, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook, and a 3/8 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten and bobber stopper is a sure way to catch him/her. The other pattern that works well is to use your Lowrance HDS units and mapping to locate depressions and ditches near spawning areas. Bass will use these as highways and you can catch prespawn and postspawn fish in these areas with a crankbait or jerkbait.
Date: April 24th, 2015
Lake Seminole - 6 inches above full pool, muddy/fast, 73 degrees
Bass Fishing - Decent. There has been a pretty good shad spawn early in the morning around shallow grass and lily pads. The bite at this time can be fast and furious and short-lived. You need to use fast moving baits such as a spinnerbait, buzzbait, or a frog. If fishing pads, use a Spro Bronzeye 65 frog in white with 60 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid. Each of these techniques need to fished with a good hvy action rod such as a 7'4" Duckett Terex and a high speed reel such as Lews Tournament Lite in 7:5 gear ratio. When the shad spawn bite is over, it is hard to get these fish to bite so move out on the edges of sandbars and throw Carolina rigs and texas rigs. A good bait to use in the muddy water is a 5" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma rigged on a 5/0 EWG Gamakatsu hook and a 3/8 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten. Use your Lowrance electronics to locate hard sandy bottoms and edges to find good areas to fish. The areas b/w the fireman's cut and sealy's islands is a good place to start.
Date: June 8th, 2015
Lake Seminole is 1 ft low, slightly stained, and 81 degrees. Bass fishing has been a little slow but is now picking up. The Flint River is slam full of grass this year. The grasslines are already topped out all over the lake and the frogging and flipping bite is turning on. Look for main lake grasslines that have hydrilla and some type of bait present, whether it is bream or shad. Always have 2 types of frogs rigged up, one for swimming over the holes in the grass, and one for fishing over the thick stuff. For a swimming frog, opt for a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in Pearl or either a buzzing warmouth. Both of these can be rigged on a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook and 60 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid. Also a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Outback is good for fishing over the thick stuff and slowing down in the holes. For flipping look for the hydrilla mats that are topped out closest to deeper water. Use a 1 1/4 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weight, a FCF bobber stopper, a 5/0 Gamakatsu heavy cover flipping hook, and a new 5" Big Bite baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. Heavy braid is a must for this technique, same as frogging. If frogging and flippin is not your deal, then use your Lowrance electronics and look for humps on the main lake where the hydrilla has not yet topped out. You can still fish crankbait or a chatterbait over these areas. A shallow running crankbait works well on a 7' Medium Action Rod such as a Duckett Terex and a long casting reel such as a Lews Tournament Pro in 6:4:1 gear ratio. The same set up works great for chatterbaits also. The fish on these humps could either be on the points or on top so sometimes you have to switch techniques to locate the fish on that particular day.
Date: June 20th, 2015
Lake Seminole - Down 1 ft, clear, 86 degrees
The weather is on fire and so is the bass fishing on Lake Seminole right now. A local tournament was won with over 30 lbs and 2nd place was also 30 lbs. The bass now have high metabolisms with the summer heat and are feeding heavily on bream and shad. The hydrilla is topping out all over the lake and the bass are using it to ambush bream and shad at or near the surface, so topwater is a good technique to use. A buzzing frog reeled across the surface is a good way to draw explosive strikes from bass on Seminole right now. Having the right set up is important so here are some suggestions. Use a Big Bite Baits Buzzing Warmouth in Green Bluegill to imitate bream and pearl to imitate shad. Rig these baits on a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline EWG Hook, a 1/16 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, and a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper. Use 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid in the new Blue/Green Color, a Lews 8:3:1 LFS Series Speed Spool, and a 7'4" Duckett Terex Hvy Rod. This setup is just about perfect for fishing this technique and hauling the big bass out of the thick grass. This technique can work all day long under any conditions. Another presentation that works well is to fish a hollow body frog such as a Spro Bronzeye Popper. Use Albino to imitate shad and Natural Green to imitate bluegill. You can use the same rod/reel/line setup as the swimming frog. These two techniques catch quality fish and get really explosive strikes. If youre using this technique and having no success, you can always texas rig the edge of grasslines that are close to the river channel and catch quanitity. Expect this technique to work all the way through the dog days of summer.
Date: July 27th, 2015
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 90 degrees
Bass Fishing - Slow. The dog days of summer are officially here and the bass seem to know it. There have been several days of 100 degree heat and this has really warmed up the water temps all over the place. Grasslines on the Flint, Hooch, and main part of the lake are best early in the morning before the sun rises. A buzzing frog such as a Big Bite Baits Buzzing Warmouth in white works really well. To rig this bait correctly, you need a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook, a 1/16 oz Fish Catchin Fool tungsten with bobber stopper, 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid, a Lews Tournament MB LFS reel with and 8:3:1 gear ratio, and a Duckett Terex 7'4" rod. This combination really allows you to fish this particular bait correctly. A Spro Bronzeye Popper in Albino works well to if the fish are not wanting to chase the buzzing Warmouth. You can use the same rod/reel/line combination for the Spro Popper. Most of the time, escpecially early in the mornings, the fish will be positioned just on the outside edge of the hydrilla so throwing way up in the thick stuff is a waste of time. If you fish on a spot for more than 10 minutes without a bite early in the morning, then pick up the trolling motor and run to another nearby grassline. The ones closer to the river channel seem to be best. After the sun comes up things really get tough then. Usually this time of year you can catch some nice flipping fish in the mats, but lately they seem to be suspended on the outsides of the grasslines. Use you Lowrance electronics to locate the fartherest edge of the hydrilla lines and points and throw a finesse style bait such as a Big Bite Finesse worm or Trick Stick on a light Texas-rig. The lighter line you use, the more bites you will most likely get. As the August heat prevails, look for the frog and flipping bite to pick up in the thick stuff.