United States
32° 39' 36" N, 86° 19' 12" W
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Clear
4 fish caught | Lunker: 5lb Largemouth Bass using a Zoom Creature

Jordan Lake Coosa River System mid-Alabama Late Summer Fishing Report by Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com

Lake level full pool  / Water temperature low-to-mid 80's / Impounded 1928

As you can see its been a while since I've updated a Jordan Lake fishing report. Although my guide service was kept going by close friends and other guides I can depend on. I've been stalled for a few months, but am now back in business since June. I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in November of 2014. A microscopic 8 hour surgery was performend on me in January of 2015. Then 6 months chemotherapy. I'm now proud to say I've been blessed and after a recent cat scan the doctor says, "Your Now Cancer Free!"

So now, since mid- summer  I've gotton back to the sport and occupation I love. Bass Fishing! Go to my website www.fishingalabama.com for more updates. Or go to www.bassmaster.com and read an article about my battle with pancreatic cancer. Just type in the name Reed Montgomery in their search box.

* Fishing Report - Heres a recent report from a very good fishing trip in August to Alabama's lower Coosa River impoundment, Jordan Lake.

* Pictures - It would not be a genuine Jordan Lake fishing report without the mention of the Coosa River breed of spotted bass. Of which this lake is so well known for. And rightfully so! Jordan Lake is only 20 miles in length. It is not a big lake by most standards. But it does harbor some big spotted bass with many of these trophy-sized spotted bass taken (some exceeding 5 pounds), by the persistant angler each Fall and early Winter.

As summer slowly comes to an end, so does the hot, sweltering days in the mid-to-upper 90's...of which we have recently had plenty of. This week's cooling down period coupled with cloudy, rainy weather has now dropped the water temps a few degrees into the low 80's. Fall is near and as water temps continue to drop these Jordan lake spotted bass and a healthy population of largemouth bass and striped bass instinctively go on a major feeding spree, to feed and fatten up for the cooler winter months ahead. Water temps in the 70's will show these bass suddenly move shallow, quicker than most anglers may presume.

* A recent fishing trip to Jordan Lake - For late summer bass fishing, this is the best I've seen in years! Normally in late August we are seeing air temps still in the 90's and hot sunny days. But plenty of rain shows this last lake of six Coosa River man made impoundments does get a lot of rain run off. Meaning cooler water in the lakes head waters and major feeder creeks, plenty of current and a slightly off-colored look to the water clarity. Including loads of baitfish seen lake wide and even some schooling activity from aggresive spotted bass and striped bass as well!

So now astute bass anglers should be prepared and always have a few topwater lures pre-rigged for this often fast and frantic feeding that can occur at anytime! Also, do not think the smaller mouths of the spotted bass requires the use of smaller lures. They may smash an oversized three-hook Heddon Zara Super Spook, Lucky Craft Sammie or Kevin Van Dam Strike King Sexy Dog!! Or grab an over sized popper, prop bait, buzz bait, crankbait, spinnerbait, suspending jerk bait or lipless lure.

So think "big" for offerings that entice the bigger bass in these schools, that can often number in the dozens! Even big jigging spoons, swim baits, Alabama rigs and a number of bigger than average lures fished on or near bottom like 8 inch worms, guady jig combos, creature baits and even 8 inch lizards and bigger sized crayfish imitations! Or plainly put, you just fish a shaky head worm all day for many, many bites!

Jordan Lake also has a healthy population of big, largemouth bass with plenty of wood and weedy habitat for anglers to target found lake wide. Aquatic weeds, stumps, standing timber, brush piles, piers, boat houses and rock bluffs can be feast or famine for both largemouth bass or spotted bass of which constantly stay on the move. So should bass anglers, as there are many fishy-looking places, some that look good but may require some searching to discover that big school of bass!

So make plans now to fish Alabama's premier spotted bass lake...Jordan Lake. Or you can always call (205) 663-1504 on Reeds Guide Service...first! Guiding on Jordan Lake and all other Alabama lakes for over 40 years " Alabama's oldest, professional - bass fishing only - guide service guiding state wide for over 40  years, year round "

* See my website www.fishingalabama.com for more info, seasonal fishing tips, fishing articles and lots of big bass pictures!

* Looking for a new or used boat? Always call (205) 663-0407 on www.airportmarine.com first! Bass boats, pontoon boats or runabouts. Alabama's premiere marine dealer. Even if you live in another state, call, e-mail and check out their website for boat bargains before you buy!Great sales staff, well stocked parts department and a staff of excellent trouble shooting mechanics!

* Face book - See us on face book! Just type in the words Reeds Guide Service!

Again, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support, your prayers and your donations! Without friends and family like you we could not have made it through this life changing ordeal! Its good to be back guiding and taking anglers fishing state wide with Reeds Guide Service!

Look for more fishing reports soon...

Thanks and good fishin' Reed Montgomery owner of Reeds Guide Service guiding on all Alabama lakes for over 40 years!

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassCreatureZoom5
2Spotted BassCal (Jerkbait)Heddon Lures3
3Spotted BassTopwater3
4Largemouth BassFrogBull Frog3
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 91-100 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Clear
3 fish caught | Lunker: 4lb Largemouth Bass using a Zoom Brush Hog

Late Summer Bass Fishing on Alabama's Jordan Lake By Reed Montgomery Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com Impounded 1928 Lake level Full Pool 352.0 Water Temperatures upper 80's Air Temps upper 90's.

* Mid to late August shows upper 90 degrees air temps, close to 100 degrees. Hot! Water temps are close to 90 degrees. It will remain hot until early October. Still, bass anglers seeking out current, cooler water and bait fish infested waters can catch both largemouth bass and Coosa River spotted bass this lake is so noted for. With September close, it could cool down some. Rainy days, cloudy days or early and late in the day are the best conditions. Or like many anglers try night fishing. Deep bass can be caught with creature baits, worms, tube baits and jig combos. Suspended bass or bass close to the bottom can be fooled with deep diving crankbaits and jigging spoons. Topwater lures fished in and around any grass during these low light periods are good choices with lures like buzz baits, poppers, prop baits, zara spooks and frogs good choices. * Or you can always call on Reeds Guide Service...first! "Jordan Lakes and all of Alabama's oldest, professional bass fishing only guide service for over 40 years. Website www.fishingalabama.com " Utilizing the new 2015 Ranger 520 Comanche bass boat equipped with 250 h.p. Evinrude E-tec provided by www.Airportmarine.com

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassBrush HogZoom4
2Largemouth BassCrankbaitBagley's4
3Spotted BassJigging SpoonHopkins4
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Yes, although its hot in the low-to-upper 90′s, keep in mind, there will always be numbers of big, largemouth bass mostly found lingering in and around the multiple variety of aquatic reeds. These are catchable bass! The best lure right now would be an imitation frog. These fish are eating frogs day and night. Fishing like this requires strong rods and braided line to catch the Bass and keep them from getting tangled up by bringing them to the boat fast.