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Lake Guntersville Bass Fishing Report – Winter Time Cranking



We’ve had a few days of unseasonably warm weather in North Alabama this week.  It’s felt more like late spring than winter.  The stained water conditions have cleared considerably from last week especially in the creeks, and the water level has also fallen to a normal level for December.   The water temperature is still hovering around 55-57 degrees.

My clients and I are still keying in on hard bottom areas and rock around the mid-lake area.  We’re targeting areas just off the bank out to roughly 15 feet deep.  Most of the bass we’re catching are coming on crankbaits in various shad colors.  Square bills to deep-divers are all producing right now.

The key is mixing up casting angles in order to find which angle the bass want the bait coming from.  For example, when I fish a point with a crankbait I’ll first hold my boat over deep water and cast up shallow.  Then I’ll move my boat to both sides of the point and retrieve my bait across the point. Finally,  I’ll sit on top of the point and retrieve my crankbait uphill.   Working a deep-diving crankbait uphill ensures constant bottom contact.  As the crankbait repeatedly hits the bottom it causes the bait to deflect and change action, which helps trigger a bass into striking.  Going through the process of changing casting angles can help put more fish in the boat.

If you’d like to book a trip on Lake Guntersville or Smith lake this winter I have days available.  Please contact me for current availability.

The holidays are fast approaching.  If you’re still looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone special a guided fishing trip makes for a great gift.  I’m booking dates for 2016, so if you’d like to book a trip as a gift please feel free to contact me.  I’d be happy to set it up for you.

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