Jim's Fishing Report
March and April are looking to be fantastic due to all the warm weather we are experiencing.
The water temp has hit 45 some places a bit warmer. The blue gill and other pan fish have moved in to shallower water. The fishing is great! The Bass should be moving in as water temps increase. This is the time of year small shad seem to be the top of the meal time favorites, so if you can, try to match your artificial baits to this type of food or use the real thing. My wife will use only worms, while true fisherman use them as only a last resort. I beleive this will be a great year for fishing, so come on down and enjoy.
Daytime: Drop shod rigs, using your choice of live or artificial. If using plastic worms try a do nothing worm. Colors should range from pumpkin seed to watermelon green. Zoom makes a great type of worm called by many a French fry. If you are using a Grub, my personal favorite, Gary Yamamoto 3 or 4 inch, Smoke, with Red Fleck. On clear, sunny afternoons try a Gary Yamamoto clear with red and black fleck, size should be the same 3 or 4 inches. The great thing about grubs is that they are so versatile. You can drop shod with them or hook with a 1/4 oz lead head and work slow alone the bottom, jigging up and down. Or put on a 1/8 oz lead head jig, and swim in back to the boat as slow as possible. My other lure is the brown football head, 1/2 oz, brown and purple skirted jig. Add a trailer of Gary Yamamoto 3 inch cinnamon with purple and black fleck, twin tail. You now have the best two lures on the lake for daytime fishing.. I know I sound like a Gary Yamamoto sales rep, but the case. I just like how soft these lures are. Many times the fish will hold the lure all the way back to the boat, that must mean they like them, so I use them. I did try one and I didn't find it very tasty. I have not tried the alabama rigs as of this date. It seems to be an expensive way for me to loose many lures, but that's just me. Many fisherman I have talked with say they are great.
I use one of the Large Spinner baits. I try to use 1oz spinnetors with black and blue or black and red skirts. I use large, single Indiana blades painted with a metallic black or dark blue paint. Fish this lure at night, casting to the shore and retrieving as slow as possible. If you get a lot of misses, slow the retrieve down and get ready.
This bait has been the favorite of many since the beginning of time. It's still one of the very best live baits out there. Crawlers catch bass and always will.
This is another bait that has been used for years. Many of the artificial lures are fashioned to resemble these creatures. Table Rock Lake has it's own special species. The coloration and body are very similar although they can grow larger that most other types of crayfish found in other lakes. Fish like them as well as fisherman. Work very slow.
Bluegill are starting to bite real well in 10-25 feet in all areas of the lake. Crickets are best.
Upper End-James River: Carolina Rigged centipede and brush hogs in watermelon red are working well. Fish will also hit 3/4 oz. football head jigs in brown and purple or peanut butter and jelly. Deep diving Crank Baits like DD-22's and Fat Free shad in shad patterns like black and white or chartreuse and blue on flat main lake points near channel drops.
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