Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing for scattered bass

Recent heavy rains caused many lakes to rise several feet above summer pool, but most of our area lakes are pretty well at or close to normal. From what I have seen, the color of the water at Carr Creek Lake is very good and the lake should produce some good fishing.

Some bass have been on the nest and some were moving up to stage up on the shallow cover to spawn. But all this sudden rain and quick rising of water levels and then dropping again has caused a lot of bass and other fish to scatter in all different water levels and on all different types of cover. Bass will not move far from the shallow areas, but some bass will hold on areas that have deeper water close to shallow cover. Areas like main lake points that have a creek channel that hugs close to the bank are a prime type of bass cover.

Look for bass in shallow water areas that have a variety of cover like brush piles, rocks, lay-down trees, standing timber and flooded bushes.

You can fish for scattered shallow water bass with a lot of different baits, but baits that cover a lot of water quickly will do best. Baits like spinner baits and crank baits will work well for this type of fishing.

Bass are in these shallow water areas for two main reasons. One is to spawn and the other is to feed on shad, minnows, crawdads and other baits. This is why spinner baits and crank baits work so well. There are no other baits that resemble or imitate a injured bait fish as well.

Because the bass are up shallow, they will be easily spooked by noise, so you will want to stay back off the area you are going to fish and make long casts. Use light line like the new fluorocarbon lines. This will be less visible and allow for longer casts than heavier line. Using a longer rod will give you better casting control and allow for longer casting and will let you pick up slack line off the water faster on the hook set. A rod with a limber tip will bend under the pulling action of a hooked bass and keep pressure on bass, making it harder for bass to throw the treble hooks of a crank bait during the fight.

Once you have located a area of bass you can also use rigs like a Carolina-rigged lizard or a fluke type bait. Or if there is good heavy cover close to this area, you can fish it with a worm or jig for a chance of catching a bigger bass.

Just look for signs of bass breaking the surface feeding on bait fish. This will give you a idea of areas of active feeding bass.

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