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Gabby’s fishing fever

Worm fishing; Carr Creek Lake report


With summer officially here, bass are moving into their postspawn patterns. The shallow water has warmed to the point that the bass need to move to deeper, cooler water to hold.

The warmer water in the shallows also has a lower oxygen level than the deeper and cooler water. If you can find areas with a heavy weed or plant growth in the water, be sure to fish it. Green growing plants in the water give off oxygen bubbles and will hold bait fish. The plants also provide cover and protection for the smaller fish.

The plastic worm is one of the best baits you can use in this type of cover. You can use a smaller worm on lighter line with a smaller weight to fish around the outside edges of the weed growth. Make your cast as close to your target as you can and as quietly as you can and let it fall to the bottom. Be sure to watch your line for any type of twitch or jerk as the worm falls. Most of the strikes on a plastic worm will come as the bait falls.

If you see your line move or feel a tap on your rod reel down and when you feel pressure or think the bass has the worm then set the hook hard and work the bass in.

When I say deeper water I don’t mean going from three feet to 30 feet. In most lakes a drop-off may be from a four-foot flat to a sevenfoot into a creek channel that hugs the bank. But this is enough of a depth change for a bass to move up and down to find the most suitable spot. Such areas include creek and river channels and edges, weed beds, deep wood and rocky cover, stump rows, standing flooded cover and the deep side of points and bluffs and cliff lines. These are some of my favorite places to worm fish.

When you are fishing the deeper water and in heavy cover you can fish a bigger, heavier worm rig — from a six- to seveninch worm all the way up to a 10- or 12-inch worm. Worms come in every color combination you can think of. Most of the time you will want to use a natural lighter color during the day or in clearer water, and darker colors like purple, black and blue in the evenings.

Give the worm a try and it will become one of your favorite summer baits.

Here is a updated fishing report: Carr Creek Lake is two feet above summer pool and the lake has good color and is fairly stable with a surface temperature in the 78-degree range. Fishing during the past spring was the best I can remember. I think the summer and night fishing will be good also.

Bass are good during the day on rattling crank baits and chrome rattle traps fished close to the bank where a channel hugs nearby. At night bass are good on plastic worms fished slow in heavy cover. Also dark-colored jigs are catching nice bass. Buzz baits fished close to the bank on main lake points seem to be working good.

Crappie are good, with a few nice size ones being caught. During the day fish 12- to 15-feet deep over brush cover or stumps with a minnow or jig. At night, move more shallow with the same baits in four to six feet of water.

Bluegill are scattered everywhere. Use worms or crickets around wood or rocky cover. Some nice size gills have been caught lately.

Walleye fishing at Carr Creek is picking up as well. I heard one report of an eight-pounder being caught . Most walleye fisherman are slow-drifting live nightcrawlers and chub minnows on bright colored jig heads in deeper water over flats, deep sides of main lake points and on channel edges.

Be sure to check out my fishing site at www.myspace/ gabbysfishingfever. E-mail me at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com


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