By Reed Montgomery
Reeds Guide Service (205) 787-5133
FEBRUARY 17, 2013
Lake Level Full Pool
Air Temperature - Lows 25 degrees / Highs near 56
Water Temperature - Mornings 50 / Evenings 54 Degrees
Water Clarity - Main Lake stained / Major Feeder Creeks heavily stained
* Predicted Weather - Partly cloudy this week with nighttime lows in the upper 30's and daytime highs near 55 early in the week. Highs near 60 Friday with more rain expected next weekend, with mid-50's.
A SHORT, LATE WINTER REPORT ON LAY LAKE
A recent trip to Alabama's Lay lake following recent heavy rains for several days and nighttime cold fronts in the mid 20's proved to be very slow bass fishing...as we expected.
With reports of very muddy water in the upper lake we decided to fish the mid to lower lake, away from all the incoming flow of muddy water in the lake's head waters of the incoming Coosa River System and major feeder creeks like Waxahatchee Creek showing very muddy water and poor fishing conditions.
We targeted some smaller creeks and small, featureless pockets that showed the best water clarity and places where lightly stained water clarity, met with real muddy main river water. Usually spinnerbait water and a little warmer than other, much muddier spots. As it was today.
We caught several bass on one bank that was bathed in warm sunshine all morning, bringing up the water temps from 50 degrees that morning to 54 degrees when we returned later in the day.
Spinnerbaits in colors of chartreuse and white and tandem silver blades were our main weapons that fooled most bass that were relating to weedy points in 1-3 feet of water close to the banks of deeper water.
As matter of fact, we returned to several of the very same banks, one that produced a hard-earned four pound largemouth (on a Senko in watermelon color) and very happy client. A nice bass, especially on a cold, tough and windy day in the 50's on Alabama's Lay Lake.
Looking for a trophy bass fishing trip to a big bass lake this spring? Try Lay lake, Lake Eufaula and Guntersville lake (just to name a few) all in Alabama and all I guide on!
Practice catch and release year-round especially this Spring.
You won't regret it!
Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service