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Monday 1/28 (Lake Dunlap)
I’ve been fishing channel swings banks near spawning areas. The focus has been transition walls and docks, with deep water nearby. I’m still throwing a craw type bait as well as a shad imitation. Fish have been biting during certain key times of the day depending on barometric pressure, available light, cloud cover, and wind. I would say that the stage of the fish, currently, is early pre-spawn.
Saturday, Sunday 1/5-1/6 (Lake Dunlap)
Brush piles on contour breaks in about 10 ft of water have been productive. When the wind blows up onto this offshore structure, fish get activated and crank baits produce. When the wind settles down, I switch up to a drop shot and I focus more on close contact with cover. As a secondary pattern, I’m still focusing on any areas that contain large rock and/or concrete, near channel swings.
Saturday 12/29 (Lake Dunlap)
I focused today on rocky areas near slightly deeper water. I primarily used a drop shot rig, 8” leader, with a craw imitation in areas where the rock was more mixed chunk-type w/ gravel, rather than large isolated boulders. My inclination is that these areas are more likely to be habitat for crawfish, and perhaps these fish would be more keyed in on a craw. For the areas that were closer to open water and were exposed to even the most subtle amount of current, I opted for a shad imitation. My inclination here was that the fish were keyed in on groups of bait being blown past these larger isolated boulders.
Saturday, Sunday 12/15-12/17 (Lake Dunlap)
The only quality fish that I could find near the bank were on concrete sea walls. These areas acted similar to the way rock does (they essentially are rock), holding heat when exposed to prolonged sun. These areas needed to be exposed to sunlight and they also had to located be near deeper water. As for the offshore bite, I found fish in 15 feet of water on breaks off of flat points, where the channel came close to the land form. In rocky/vegetative areas, I preferred to use a craw imitation. In open water type situations, I used a shad imitation.
Sunday 11/18 (Lake Travis)
Water temp was 63 degrees. Ambient air temperature was in the mid 40’s. Overcast skies with partial, intermittent sunlight. Power fishing techniques were not the most successful. Instead, finesse fishing methods proved to be the better option. The majority of fish caught were in approximately 5-7 ft of water. This shallow water was adjacent to much deeper water. Large shelves and big boulders interspersed with brush and a few larger branches seemed to be the type of cover the fish were relating to. Neutral colored jerkbaits and dropshot minnows proved effective.
Sunday 9/23 (Lake Waco)
2 clients booked an all day trip to prepare for an upcoming tournament. We covered a lot of water in a day and I exposed them to a variety of techniques and locations. We fished shallow and deep. Utilizing my electronics and local knowledge, we worked to establish a reliable pattern. Water temp was in the low 80’s. Baitfish moved further back in the creeks. Bass keyed in on areas with a grassy and gravel-laden bank. Top waters and crank baits were productive.
Saturday, Sunday 9/15-9/16 (Lake Travis)
I fished with my high school tournament angler friend and his father. They asked me to step in and coach him for the weekend. We located the majority of our quality bites on primary/main lake points. Fish were just beginning to move to the backs of the creeks. Productive baits were deep diving cranks, carolina-rigged flukes, and drop shot minnows. Also, a jigging spoon produced in vertical areas for schooling bass.