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Lake Lanier Fishing Report-October 22, 2020

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Was it the cool down we experienced last week that seems to have really energized fishing? Maybe it was a result of the Corp releasing water to reach the target level of 1069? Both? Either way, we saw an increase in the number of  Stripers schooling on the surface and plenty of Bass moving into shallow water. The surface temp only dropped a couple of degrees, 70 as of Thursday AM, the lake level was a different story. The water level was 1071.52 Thursday morning, .52 above full pool, however that is down 1.78 feet from last week. The weather forecasts looks great going into next week with very mild weather thru the middle or end of next week when our next front approaches. With it likely that the water releases will continue to be strong, and another full moon arriving on the 31st, fishing may be really good for the next few days! 

The Striper patterns are basically the same, with the exception being the increase in schooling activity. I think there has also been an overall improvement in the bite. Down lines are still the big producers, with some really nice schools of fish showing up over the creek channels and the river channel. The fish may be roaming over the channel proper or associated with a flat, point or hump near the channel. This pattern has been effective all over the lake, so I don’t really know if there is a best “area”. Herring are still the bait of choice for this technique, but jigging spoons may also be effective if the fish are very densely grouped up . 

This schooling fish pattern has been pretty strong, with some really nice groups of fish pushing bait to the surface. I think the greatest activity is early and late, but there are some fish showing up throughout the day. This bite can also be very good in the afternoon and evenings. Cast buck tails, wake baits, Chug Bugs, Steelshads and Magic Swimmers to the schools, all have been effective in recent days.  

The after hours Bomber bite has also improved with anglers reporting good catches beginning right when the sun sinks below the tree line. Nothing unusual about this technique, run and gun the saddles, long flat points or shallow humps, the bite is quick if the fish are there! Long a bombers, and McStik jerk baits are staples for this pattern. Dock lights are also holding plenty of fish so that makes for another good pattern to fish after dark or prior to sunup. Flukes, Jerk baits, small buck tails, and live baits on the pitch rod are all good choices for casting to the lights. 

Bass fishing is good and many of the patterns that have been in place are still very effective, just add some shallow water patterns into the mix to complement the deep water patterns. Topwater and swim baits are very viable choices for the Spotted Bass, cast them over brush, points and humps, use the wind to your advantage. Still plenty of fish in the 18 to 25 foot brush/humps but these same baits will also work over shallower targets as well. Small Chuggers, Magic Swimmers, Flukes and walking baits are producing well over these areas. If the fish do not respond to the top waters and swim baits, or you want to show ‘em a change up, swimming a Keitech swim bait over the same areas will also produce well along the Spybaits. If the wind will help you out a little, a big spinnerbait, 1 oz or 3/4 oz, over points and humps can also be a very solid pattern. Anglers have reported some good catches using this bait/technique in recent days. One footnote on the Sebiles: If is really calm, maybe high blue skies, and the fish seem reluctant tot take the bait on or near the surface, let the bait sink to the bottom, or down to 12 to 15 feet then start the retrieve, Often that will trigger the bite! 

Plastics on a drop shot or a Weedless Wonder continue to produce well, with finesse worms, trick worms and Senkos all being good choices. These combos are working well on a variety of sructurtres, brush, points and humps, or just fishing secondary points, rocks and docks. Basically, there are enough shallow fish that the “bank beating” pattern with the plastics will amount for some pretty good numbers.  Fish any points or structures you see, and docks are always worth a cast or two.

We also have some schooling Bass, still sporadic, and lots of single fish or small schools of fish pushing bait mostly early and late. They are catchable if you can get a bait to them, small baits that cast well are the ticket. The Steelshad is always a good choice, Spy baits, Flex-it spoons or sliced spoons will also be effective. 

Good Fishing!

Capt. Mack 

 

Lake Hartwell Fishing Report-October 21, 2020

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I’m guessing that fall has made it now since we received our first frost this week. I love this time of the year and while others take off to the mountains I just hit the water and it’s amazing to see the beauty in the islands and the backs of the creeks as the leaves change colors. Last year I had the greatest experience as I watched two big bucks fight for a doe that they had pinned on the bank of the lake and it was about this time of the year that it’s very common to see deer and turkey as you pull Planer Boards quietly in the backs of Lake Hartwell creeks. It’s not going to be long now with forecast of much cooler weather predicted this whole week that the schooling fish will be at their peak. I personally have decided to hit the water this November under protest from a few that have done a great job in helping me recover from my surgery in June. In my best opinion fishing is good medicine and I’m ready to hit the water in time to get in on some of the schooling activity that has already began. So as I tell my fishing buddies my advice is let’s let, Humminbird Find The fish, Minn Kota Sneaks up on Them, Stealth Rod Holders Hold Them, Captain Mack Products Fool them into biting while Okuma Rods and Reels Puts Them in the Boat! So let’s go Fishing!  

This week’s picture is of a good friend of mine named Dale Gilbert who is one of the weathermen from New Channel 4 WYFF who loves to Striper fish. We already have trips planned for 2021These fish were caught during the spring spawn.

The Lake Hartwell bite still remains fair with the water conditions beginning to change quickly for fishing. The lake should turn over very soon and that will have a big effect in the fishing improving. The levels at the time of this report are 661.31 which are.1.31 feet above the 660 full pool levels. This same time last year the lake was nearly six feet below full pool and the fishing was much better. The current water temperature is holding in the low seventies and will continue dropping every few days during this month if the air temperatures continue to drop into the low forties each night.  

Stripers and Hybrids

Schooling activity has picked up on Lake Hartwell and this begins at day break and last until the sun begins to come up and then again in the evenings as the sun goes down behind the tree lines. Many of the fish that are being caught are smaller with the largest being about a pound. Small Buck tail jigs, Steelshads, and the smaller Sebiles are all good options to cast to the schoolers. On these smaller fish, I know they can be fun to catch , but they represent our future and letting them go and grow may be beneficial to our fishery in the coming years. . I’m hoping the rain will hold off long enough for the lake levels to drop a couple of feet which would make the winter fishing conditions perfect. My personally advice is to pull your Captain Mack Umbrella Rigs over humps and into the coves where you see fish breaking. As a rule of thumb the bigger fish usually are only a few feet deeper than the small fish and the umbrellas are the best way to catch the bigger fish. I also have had a lot of luck pulling my lighter Captain Mack Mini Mack rigs over long points where the water is much shallower or across under water road beds or ditches where the bigger fish are hanging out. Now everything that you need to know to catch Stripers and Hybrids is here  now while we begin our fall and winter Instructional Trips, so if you get a chance to get into a teaching boat, book and take that trip. This could be the best trip that you will ever take and it will increase your odds of catching fish tremendously on any Striper or Hybrid lake. If you are interested in booking an Instructional Trip or guide trip give Captain Mack a call at 770-235-8135.

Go to baits for this week.

  • Live Blueback Herring fished on down rods, Behind the Perfect Planer, and free lines. All three methods are producing and you you’ll do to be prepared to use them all. 
  • Okuma Cold Water CW203D reels. What a great match, this rod and reel combo is the perfect Striper and Hybrid combo and it is unmatched in its ability to handle a good fish while giving you all you need to enjoy the fight. It is a versatile setup that will cover almost any type of live bait fishing you will do on Hartwell or other area lakes. 
  • Oxygen System. This system will make a huge difference in your bait. I personally believe that it will help keep your bait in perfect condition especially if you decide to pull Gizzard Shad this winter and you have them in your tank with your herring.
  • SteelShad are still working great for schooling or breaking fish, and a must have for this time of year. This bait will catch all bass species when cast to points or fished in deep or shallow waters.
  • Captain Mack Umbrella Rigs.  I will not go to the lake without them! 
  • Captain Mack Mini Mack’s . These rigs offer incredible versatility. They are excellent to cast to surfacing fish or to points and humps and especially productive for Stealth trolling!

BASS

Lake Hartwell Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass fishing has remained excellent with a lot of fish being caught off of Shakey Heads and Flukes as well as live bait while Striper fishing.  It seems that every year we catch more and more Spotted Bass than the year before and right now top water baits will get the job done as the Spotted Bass are schooling somewhere on Lake Hartwell everyday. Drop shots around the brush and humps are also very effective, your favorite Roboworm in the 6 or 4.5 inch model will get the bite, and on the really tough days try the smaller Roboworm Alive Shad.  Lake hartwell Fishing Marine carries a great selection of Robo’s so stop by and check them out!

  • SteelShad in all sizes and colors are working great. The mini SteelShad is working the best on points in the mornings when the bait is shallow. The Heavy Series is working over schools of bait in the main lake. Be prepared to throw this bait at schooling fish for a guaranteed hook up.
  • Captain Mack Mini Mack’s with or without blades, both work great. Big Spots are crushing the MIni’s , cast them to the tops of humps, over brush, long tapering points or around the bridges. 
  • Ned Rigs, hard and soft Jerk Baits, and Sebile magic Swimmers.  
  • Flukes of several different sizes and colors. 

CRAPPIE

  It’s time to get those Crappie rigs all set up! I’m getting some good reports of Crappie being caught dock shooting and fishing old and new brush piles. It won’t be many more days and I will have some first-hand information as I’m ready to go!

Go to Baits.

  • Blue Ice Jigs seem to be the go to color on Lake Hartwell right now. Dock Shooting has been very good, the Bobby Garland on a Jighead has been bring’em in! Heavier Jigheads may be a plus on the deeper docks or brush, and a minnow under a slip cork is a good choice over the brush piles. 
  • Small Minnows under floats. This may not be your cup of tea but it still works and the bigger Crappie will take live bait when they won’t take anything else.
  • Custom Jigs are working if you can find the right ones. It’s always a good idea to see what to check with your local retail outlet to find out what is the best bait or color! Use the SI on your Humminbird Solix or Helix graph to locate the fish on the docks. Ride until you se then usually a fish fry in quickly in the works!
  • Wishing you all tight lines and good fishing! Rick Owen – Lake Hartwell Professional Fishing Guide (Ret.) Certified SCDNR Fishing Instructor

To book your next Lake Hartwell fishing adventure please call Captain Mack Farr at – 770-235-8135

 

Lake Lanier Fishing Report-October 16, 2020

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Last week I stated  “lake conditions had been pretty stable” which has not been the case this past week. With the remnants of Hurricane Delta creating a big rain dump in the Lanier watershed, we saw the lake level rise over 3 feet in less than 48 hours! We are currently 1073.30, 2.30 feet over full pool. That is up 2.50 feet from last week. Fyi, the Corps is planning to pull the lake down to 1069 by the end of November to complete a maintenance project on the dam. That means they will be have to be releasing a lot of water to reach that number, which could be a big plus to fishing! Check the generation schedule to use this circumstance to your advantage. The lake temperature is still right at 72 degrees, that’s been pretty constant for almost 4 weeks now. That will likely fall as the weather forecast indicates some cooler temps, lows into the 40’s for the weekend! 

The Striper bite has been ok. The fish are scattered, vertically and horizontally, with a wide range of applicable techniques and methods. Overall, I think the down line bite is still the best overall pattern, with many fish being taken in 30 to 50 feet over a 35 to 90 foot bottom. The fish may orient to the areas adjacent to the river channel or back up in the creeks. Flats, points and humps near the channels are likely areas to look for fish. You do not have to see a ton of fish to warrant dropping a bait, a few fish will often turn into a bunch once you start dropping the baits. Blue backs have been the baits of choice, with a few anglers reporting taking some fish down lining small Gizzard Shad. If you get them really piled up under the bait, try dropping a spoon to them, a Flex-it or Super Spoon, or Jig n Shad will be effective if the fish are grouped up Densely enough. 

Casting top waters or swim baits to points and humps will account for a few fish, the key here is to move fast and cover plenty of water, it’s very much a numbers game. This pattern varies in intensity from day to day, and can be very weather influenced. This bite is also often good in the middle of the day or into the afternoon, so don’t give up on this technique after the first part of the day. As a general guideline, keep your boat positioned in 30 feet and cast to the point or top of the high spot, expecting the bite to occur over a 15 to 25 foot bottom. These parameters may change on any given day so watch the sonar to see where the greatest activity is, take note of what depth the boat is positioned in, and where the fish was on the strike. Sometimes you’ll be able to establish a pattern that will increase your efficiency. 

The Bomber bite has been somewhat slow to ramp up, not sure why that is, perhaps as the water cools that will become stronger.  While there have been a few anglers taking some fish casting Bombers and Jerk baits to the points and saddles, the dock lights are probably a more productive pattern. Small buck tails, jerk baits, Keitech’s on the lead head, or live baits on the pitch rod are all likely choices for the lights. Lights in a variety of depths in the creek backs or towards the main lake may produce.

While the schooling fish are sporadic at best, they may show up so be prepared when they do. Many anglers have reported being in some nice schools of fish that were really hard to catch? Often at this point in the year they will key on very small baits and it your bait does not match the size of what they are feeding on they will often totally ignore your offering. Small buck tails or Flies under a casting bubble, 1/2 Flex -its or Jig N Shads, and the 95 Sebiles will give you some options that are size appropriate. Down sizing your line will be a plus allowing you to fish these smaller baits effectively and increasing casting distance.  

The bass bite has been pretty good, with many applicable baits and patterns. Top waters have been producing well, the type of bait varies with the weather, but the small Chug Bug and the Magic Swimmers have been consistent producers. The fish are locking in to smaller baits so the smaller Sebiles, 110 and 95’s may also be good choices to “match the hatch”, as is the 1/2 Flex it or Nichols Mojo Spoon.

Another good pattern is to fish small secondary points with a Weedless Wonder with either a finesse worm, trick worm or Senko, The fish may be anywhere from 10 to 20 feet deep, in cover of roaming around a clean bottom. While you are soaking the worm, watch for schooling fish to show up. If there is bait around chances are the fish will push the bait to the top so have a bait  ready to cast. Tim Hawkins from Hammonds recommends casting the 72 Duo Spybait to the schoolers. It is small enough to match up with the small Shad but weighs in at 1/2 oz., allowing that little bit of extra distance on the cast to reach the fish that like to appear about 10 feet further than you can cast. 

Casting subsurface baits over the brush is also a good tactic, a lightly weighted fluke and the Keitech 3.3 or 3.8 inch baits on a 1/4 head are very good choices for this pattern. After you have throughly worked the brush with the moving baits, cast a drop shot to the brush to get a couple of add on bites. Rig the drop shot with your favorite finesse worm or the Roboworm Alive Shad!

 

Lake Hartwell Fishing Report-October 14, 2020

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This past week was great for football but not so great for fishing but don’t stop reading here. Now if you didn’t mind getting wet you would not have had such a tough time this past week but as of this Monday the lake was back up over full pool with a level of 661.90. That’s a lot of water since last week’s report and it all came from the remnants of hurricane Delta. If you look back over this year’s reports and the low numbers of Striper and Hybrid catch’s you might tend to agree with me that one of the main problems with catching Stripers this year had everything to do with the lake being over full pool or higher than normal almost all year. This same date in 2019 Lake Hartwell was four plus feet below full pool and the fishing was good most of the year as the water levels remained much lower. Now for some positive news, I personally saw a really big school of fish working bait in the mouth of my cove this past Saturday morning from my dock. There was about an acre of fish and they were feeding aggressively! It was very overcast and raining and I don’t have to guess what species I was looking at. My grandkids were fishing off the dock in the rain when the fish came up and no one had anything heavy enough to throw to them. What a time not to have a boat in the water or a Mini Mack or a Captain Mack Chipmunk rigged! This was all I needed to see to know that the bite is fixing to be good again and the fish are moving into their winter locations and preparing to feed their winter patterns. It’s not going to be long now with forecast of much cooler weather predicted by this weekend with the possibility of our first frost by Saturday with weather in the low forties. Now is the time to locate and load the boat with your winter tools and apply the techniques and tactics that will put fish in the boat once again. So as I tell my fishing buddies my advice is let’s let, Humminbird Find Them, Minn Kota Sneaks up on Them, Stealth Rod Holders Hold Them, Captain Mack Products Fool them into biting while Okuma Rods and Reels Puts Them in the Boat! So let’s go Fishing!    

The Lake Hartwell bite has remained fair with the water conditions beginning to change quickly for fishing. The levels at the time of this report are 661.09 which are.1.09 feet above the 660 full pool levels so in the last two or three days the Corp  of Engineers have been dropping the lake levels at a steady pace. This same time last year the lake was two feet below full pool and the fishing was much better. The current water temperature is holding in the low seventies and will continue dropping every week during this month if the air temperatures drop into the fifties as predicted.  Our first frost is predicted for Lake Hartwell this Saturday with the air temperatures dropping into the very low forties.

Stripers and Hybrids

Still not much to report for Hybrids and Stripers this week with everyone stating that fishing has been a bummer with rods not bending but this is normal when you spend about half the time on the water as normal and the rest of the time in the woods now with deer season open in many areas. I feel that this will change soon as I’ve seen my first big school of fish feeding on top in the mouth of my cove the past Saturday morning.  With cooler weather on the way, It’s not going to be long now we will be hearing drag being pulled off our reels again. I’m hoping the rain will hold off long enough for the lake levels to drop a couple of feet which would make the winter fishing conditions perfect. Now everything that you need to know to catch Stripers and Hybrids is here while we begin our winter Instructional Trips, so if you get a chance to get into a teaching boat, book and take that trip. This could be the best trip that you will ever take and it will increase your odds of catching fish tremendously on any Striper or Hybrid lake. If you are interested in booking an Instructional Trip or guide trip give Captain Mack a call at 770-235-8135.

Go to baits for this week.

  • Live Blueback Herring fished on down rods and freelines. The bait shops are all suppling nice big quality bait. Be sure to add ice and O2 to your tank to keep this bait healthy during your trip.
  • Captain Mack Chipmunk Jigs and Trailers in all colors available.
  • Okuma Cold Water CW203D reels. What a great match, this rod and reel combo is the perfect Striper and Hybrid combo and it is unmatched in its ability to handle a good fish while giving you all you need to enjoy the fight. This rod and reel combo is the perfect tool and I would give this rod and reel an A++ for Striper Live Bait Fishing.
  • Oxygen System. This system will allow you to keep your bait healthier and increase the amount of  bait you can carry. 
  • SteelShad’s are one of the best baits to cast to surfacing fish. The Minis have been very effective lately and work well when the fish are keying in on smaller baits..
  • Captain Mack Umbrella Rigs.  I will not go to the lake without them! 
  • Captain Mack Mini Mack’s – they will catch good fish if trolled or pulled behind your Perfect Planer Boards or while trolled behind lead core line. 
  • Perfect Planer Boards. The early morning free line bite behind Planer Boards will return later in the fall so now is a good time to get your Planer Boards ready for the upcoming fall fishing patterns.

BASS

Lake Hartwell Largemouth Bass fishing has remained good with a lot of fish being caught off of Shakey Heads and Flukes. Lake Hartwell has developed into a very good Spotted Bass Fishery it seems that every year we catch more and more Spotted Bass than the year before. Top water baits have been really productive lately, along with the following baits: 

  • SteelShad in all sizes and colors are working great. The mini SteelShad is working the best on points in the mornings when the bait is shallow. The Mini is an excellent choice when the fish start locking in on small baits, The Heavy Series is working over schools of bait in the main lake. Be prepared to throw this bait at schooling fish for a guaranteed hook up.
  • Captain Mack Mini Mack’s with or without blades, have been catching plenty of fish, Spots and Largemouths. Cast the Minis to the points, humps or to any schooling fish you see!
  • Ned Rigs and soft Jerk Baits of your preference. The Ned rigs are always a good choice and can be a lifesaver on the days the fish get really picky.
  • Flukes of several different sizes and colors. 
  • Captain Mack Weedless Wonder Shakey Head paired with your favorite Robo Worm. Cast this rig to docks, points, brush, and ditches, This is the most consistent Bass bait that I know of for Lake Hartwell and I recommend that you not go to the lake without rods rigged with the Weedless Wonder Shakey Head! 

CRAPPIE

  It will not be long now and the Crappie bite will begin to peak. When this happens I will begin the reports again so we can help put you on some good fish. I will be building and sinking a bunch of new Crappie Condo’s this year so I’m getting ready. I’m already starting to hear some good reports! 

Go to Baits.

  • Blue Ice Jigs seem to be the go to color on Lake Hartwell right now. You may want to move up to bigger jig heads as the fish move deeper. When every other color fails on Lake Hartwell we find that chartreuse still will catch fish. Bobby Garland is my choice but many other brands also work great.
  • Small Minnows under floats. This may not be your cup of tea but it still works and the bigger Crappie will take live bait when they won’t take anything else.
  • Chartreuse and white jigs are working well when blue ice or blue grass colors fail. 
  • Custom Jigs are working if you can find the right ones. It’s still a good idea to see what is selling the best at your local bait shops. If the bait shop is out of certain bait you may want to see when they are scheduled to get their next shipment so that you can give it a try.
  • Humminbird Solix or Helix graph. These graphs have superior side imaging and down imaging and are worth every cent if you are looking to locate Crappie.

Wishing you all tight lines and good fishing! Rick Owen – Lake Hartwell Professional Fishing Guide (Ret.) Certified SCDNR Fishing Instructor

To book your next Lake Hartwell fishing adventure please call Captain Mack Farr at – 770-235-8135

 

Lake Lanier Fishing Report-October 9, 2020

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Fishing has been pretty stable in the last few days, as have the weather and the lake conditions. After an elevated rain chance Sunday through next Monday the 12th, it looks like a return to another stretch of very pleasant weather. The lake level dropped .43 feet over the last week to 1070.80, .20 feet below full pool. The surface temps remained stable at 73. 

STRIPER FISHING

The Striper bite still revolves around the down lines with the fish continuing to cruise open water/channel areas in 35 to 60 feet. This has been the dominant pattern, almost like you would fish during the summer months. The fish are showing up all over the lake, with anglers using this basic pattern on the lower, middle and upper parts of the lake. Herring have been the dominant bait, but there are a few fish being taken on Gizzard Shad as well. Down lines are the best producers, but pitch lines are also accounting for some extra  bites. Fish are showing up in a variety of areas, over the channels, sometimes around the periphery of deeper humps and points, and there are some fish in the backs of the creeks.  Search these ares until you see fish, often  they are in some very big schools, but even just a few fish are worth sending a bait to, and often a few will turn into a bunch. Again, think summer on this technique.

There are a few surfacing fish showing up, mostly early, so keep that in mind. The Sebile Magic Swimmers are still a great choice to cast at the schoolers, but small bucks tails and walking baits are also good choices. You can also catch a few just casting the above mentioned baits to points and humps, again mostly early but not limited to the am. Wind and clouds will enhance this pattern as well. 

Trolling is also accounting for a few fish, mostly pulling the rigs over the humps, with a few fish being caught by anglers pulling lead core over the open water areas. Targeting the humps will work almost anywhere on the lake, but that pattern may be a little stronger in the middle part of the lake, and the fish seem to be slightly shallower when you get above Browns Bridge. So target humps and points 25 to 40 feet and hopefully you can define that depth range into a smaller number which will make you more efficient. Both methods can be good ways to locate fish and you can always switch over to the down lines once you locate a big groups

The Dock lights are starting to produce some pretty good numbers of fish if you are out early or late. Live baits on a pitch rod, Jerk baits, and small buck tails will all be effective on the nights. If you like to target the Stripers on the fly, the lights offer an excellent opportunity to take a fish on the fly rod  Lanier Fly Fishing Guide Henry Cowen suggest 3 to 5 inch Flies, either the Coyote or Cowen’s baitfish should be quick to get the bite. 

BASS FISHING

Bass fishing is pretty good, with several patterns producing well. The Sebile Magic Swimmers are still accounting for good numbers, you can cast them over the brush, to humps and wind blown points. Top waters and flukes would also be effective for this pattern. The small Chug Bugs have been doing well, especially on the slick, windless days, as is the Fluke. If you get a little help from the wind the larger Chug Bug or walking baits may draw a better response. Spybaits and Steelshads are good options if you need something surface to get the bite. 

The drop shot rig is still very reliable, and although it may not catch as many of the really big fish as some other baits it will consistently produce, it will catch plenty of very nice keepers and there will be the occasional big fish mixed in. Brush, points and humps are all good areas to target the fish with the drop shot. If you go into the middle part of the lake, and the bite is good in that section of the lake, secondary clay points are holding decent numbers of fish. Worms on the shakey, top waters, and Flukes are all good choices here, and this pattern will produce some pretty good numbers. 

Vertically Jigging Spoons is a secondary pattern, but may be worth a look, Dropping the spoons around brush, anomalies in the creek channels, or bait concentrations will get you a few extra bites, and having the spoon tied on is a plus if you have surfacing fish pop up within casting distance! 

Good Fishing!

Capt. Mack