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.