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Lake Guntersville Bass Fishing Report – Swim Jigs and Creature Baits Pulling Bass from Guntersville's Grass


The swim jig bite that had been tapering off recently made a comeback for my clients and I this week on Guntersville.   We fished them in creek mouths working our way to the backs focusing on grass lines in 3 to 6 feet of water.  Shad patterns are producing best with my first choice being the 1/4 oz Tharps Glimmer Shad and a Blue Pearl 3.5″ Yamamoto Swimbait trailer on the back.

I prefer fishing a paddle tail trailer on my swim jig during the fall over a craw trailer, because the shape and action it produces resembles a gizzard shad swimming through the water—one of the bass’s primary food choices this time of year.

Make sure to fish the swim jig in and through the grass rather than just flirting on the outside edge.  Don’t be shy.  When the swim jig is reeled into the grass then pulled free it changes its speed and action causing a reaction strike.  It’s no different than deflecting a square-bill crankbait off a piece of hard cover.  While you can get bites fishing both on a straight retrieve in open water you’ll get significantly more bites making contact with cover throughout the retrieve.

Be prepared to possibly cover a lot of water this time of year with the swim jig before running into concentrations of fish.  Don’t get discouraged though.  Keep your foot on the trolling motor and hand on the reel.   While you’ll occasionally pick off single fish you’re more likely to find groups of them in small areas this time of year.  Finding a few areas holding fish in a day’s time will be well worth the effort.

Fishing a heavy weight (1 – 1 1/2 oz) with green pumpkin-colored creature baits in the grass continues to produce as well.   I’ve been focusing on the main river channel, creek mouths, and inside the creeks, which are all currently holding fish right now.  There’s no need to let the bait soak.  If you don’t get bit on the fall reel up and make another pitch.

If you’d like to book a trip on Guntersville or Smith Lake I currently have Nov 28th-30th and Dec 1st-6th open.

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