Bass are biting, but with the algae bloom, you either have to drop a bait right on them, or do something that will cause a vibration so the fish can locate your offering. I have found by adding a worm rattle and /or shaking the bait, your catch rate will rise. When I say shake the bait, you shake your rod tip to make the bait wiggle, but not move it out of place. In general, darker colors seem to help the bass see the plastics, but if they donít bite , go back to the watermelonseed or green colors.
Tuesday night tournaments are still producing heavy 3 fish limits. Usually 10.5 to 12 pounds for a win. Bass are biting all around the lake, just keep fishing and when you catch one fish, slow down and work the area over. The trick worm, Stiko, and french fry have all been good. If you have the proper tackle, go with a jig and pig for some huge largemouth bass.
Fall patterns are starting to form and the pike fishing has taken off this past week. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and spoons have fooled several pike for a group of fishermen from the Buffalo area. The largest was 10 lb., with several in the 4.5 to 7 lb. weight class. They managed a few shorts, which indicates different year classes.
So far the smallmouths have been scarce, but we have not been targeting them. As soon as the water cools a few more degrees, they should turn on, and it should be a fantastic time to be on the water.
The last time I launched at Woodville, water levels were very low. It may be advisable to use the ramp at the north end. The fish are relocating and some days, they are either turned off or hard to locate. Any day now, the smallies should turn on. The fall feed will make anglers, willing to look for the smallies, happy fisherman. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, stick/jerk baits, tubes and jigging spoons should put some good fish in the boat.
Good fishing, be safe wear your life vest,