December 12, 2014 | Ditch Digging Lanier Spotted Bass
If you love Spotted Bass, stock up on some Weedless Wonder Shakey Heads and start ditch digging! The time has arrived for this pattern to produce. Just add a dark colored Roboworm (Aarons Magic works great) or any of your favorite finesse worms and work those deep ditches. This is one of my favorite patterns year round. There are some magnum spots ready to be had. Just get out there and give it a shot!
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The Striper bite has remained consistent and the same techniques I discussed in the previous few weeks are producing well, however, some of the patterns and structures that are holding fish are changing as surface temps continue to fall. The Gulls and Loons are here in good numbers and merit your attention whenever you see them working bait. Approach the birds cautiously and deploy a bait spread and if the fish are present you should hook up fairly quickly. Staggering the depths of your baits will be a plus, just because you are seeing surface activity does not mean that the fish won’t use different depths.
The umbrella rig bite is also very strong and anglers are consistently catching great numbers with some nice fish mixed in as well. There are still fish roaming the submerged islands, but I think clipping points and pulling the rig down the bank is the best option. Pull the rig 120 feet behind the boat while concentrating on a 25 to 30 foot bottom, with the boat speed at 2.5 to 3 MPH.
Bass fishing is good and the ditch bite I mentioned in last week’s report is really on! I have had several inquiries after my last report concerning this bite, and I will try and address some of those questions. First off, check out the pictures I’ve attached in this report. This is one of my favorite ditches. It is very productive and yields some big Spots like the one in the pic.
Notice that the sides of this structure are vertical and also that you do not see any fish. These vertical surfaces offer a multitude of rock outcroppings and pits, or holes that are recessed into the side of the ledge. The fish will often park in the crevices and can be difficult to see on the sonar, at least on the days that are not really active and up moving around. If you don’t mark fish in this situation, drop a bait anyway. Once you start fishing, or better yet, hook a couple of fish, you will pull them out of their hiding holes you’ll begin to mark them on the sonar.
How deep should the ditch be? That is a popular question, and most of the fish I have been catching are 35 to 50 feet deep, so target ledges in that depth range. This can be a tough pattern to learn and patience is paramount, but well worth the effort!
Crappie fishing has also been very good and the dock bite has come on full force. Boat docks with brush are loading up, Popeye jigs or plastics like the slab master grubs are catching lots of fish dinners. Look for the fish to be 5 to 12 feet deep, use your side imaging to locate the big groups and you’ll stay plenty busy! The upper parts of both rivers will yield the greatest numbers, but you may catch larger fish in the middle or lower parts of the lake. If you are up the rivers, a quick look at the bridge pillars is also a good bet.