Location

AL
United States
33° 6' 59.7744" N, 86° 28' 55.0704" W
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear
3 fish caught | Lunker: 17lb Striped Bass (Striper) using a Heddon Lures Topwater

Lay Lake Mid May Bass Fishing Report By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Alabaster, Al. Website www.fishingalabama.com Like us on Facebook too!

* Lay lake - Impounded in 1914, is over 100 years old! Reed Montgomery has guided and fished this lake over 40 years and been in major bass tournaments on Lay lake, for over 30 of those years! As Lay lake's oldest, professional -- bass fishing only -- guide service, guiding year round, in all seasons. Several boats and guides available year round, for multiple parties, family fishing trips and catering to both the pro and novice angler! Gift certificates for Birthday's, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Graduation, Mothers Day or Fathers Day are available by e-mail, year round! Discounts available for Veterans or reserving two days or more fishing!

* Lay lake is at full pool. Aquatic weeds are in full bloom. Water temps are in the low 70's and air temps this second week of May, are near 80 degrees. There will be a rainy front at mid week Wednesday and Thursday and a full moon on Saturday, May 21 st, and this is the best fishing day of the entire month, according to Bassmaster Magazine monthly Luner Fishing and Hunting times Tables.

Many bass, both largemouth bass and the Coosa River breed of spotted bass are now in some very shallow water. They are either in the process of bedding, or some bass have already completed the rituals of the spring spawn, now with many hungry bass recuperating in the post-spawn mode. Topwater lures, show some big bass bites right now!

Evident spawning activities are the worn off or bloody tails of big, female bass (from preparing the bed), and now in mid May anglers are reporting seeing dark masses (newborn baby bass), all balled up for security, often seen with a big female bass or  very protective smaller male bass close by guarding them from predators. That is, until they are big enough to survive on their own.

Lures can vary. Weedless topwater lures like imitation shad, floating worms, solid-bodied plastic and hollow-bodied rubber frogs, buzz baits and weightless lures fished on 12-15 pound line with 3/0 to 4/0 hooks like Zoom's soft plastic Trick worms, their Flukes and Yamamoto's Senkos, all fished on 12-15 pound mono or florocarbon line. These weedless lures provide less frustration from retrieving or losing expensive and often hung up lures. Treble hook lures can be fished along weed edges with less hang-ups.

Shallow running square-billed or round-billed crankbaits, lipless lures, suspending model two and three hook, hard-bodied jerk baits like James Heddon's Tim Horton signature series in shad, bream or crayfish colors are excellent lure choices, often fished with erratic retrives (and a fast stop and go action) around weeds, wood cover and rocks like rip-rap rocks found around causeways, the dam area and bridges.

Always call on Reeds Guide Service...first! For guiding on Lay lake or any Alabama lake, year round! Call today (205) 663-1504 to make your fishing reservations! Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery, owner of Reeds Guide Service, Alabaster (near Birmingham,) Al. Guiding on all Alabama Lakes For over 40 years!

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassFrogMann's5
2Spotted BassJerk BaitBagley's4
3Striped Bass (Striper)TopwaterHeddon Lures17
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear
3 fish caught | Lunker: 5lb Largemouth Bass using a Booyah Baits Frog

Lay lake, Coosa River System Alabama

Impounded 1914 - Lake level Full Pool

Late-Summer Fishing Report By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Alabaster, Al. Website www.fishingalabama.com

* Update on Reed Montgomery - As you can see its been a while since I've written a current fishing report for Alabama's Lay lake. I am proud to say, after I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in November of 2014, a follow up 8 hour microscopic surgery in January of 2015 and now I'm at the end of six month's treatment of chemotherapy, the doctor says; my recent cat scan shows, I'm now cancer free!

I've been back to the occupation and the sport I love most, fishing and guiding on a regular basis since June of 2015. Lay lake is only 17 miles from Alabaster where I live and for hot, summer bass fishing the largemouth bass and spotted bass have really turned on! Its one Alabama lake (out of all the Alabama lakes I guide on year round), I get a lot of e-mails and phone calls from lake residents, tournament anglers and anglers visiting Alabama, year round.

* Heres a short, recent mid summer, late August bass fishing trip report;

* Picture - As you can see from the picture posted with this report my fishing partner and I had a very good day on Lay lake, with two largemouth bass weighing over 5 pounds each and a spotted bass (not pictured, about 3 pounds), including about 10 other bass in the 1-3 pound range all caught on various lures, especially topwaters like the zara super spook I was fishing with (my favorite lure), that fooled both of these big largemouth's at mid morning!

It was a partly cloudy day (like many we have seen this week in the mid-to-upper 80's), and on this day it was hot, in the low 90's, and a very muggy day when the sun came out. Unbelieveably the water temperature was close to 90 degrees on the main lake! But we had found much cooler water temps, with some cooler water in the low-to-upper 80's while fishing from the mid-to-far back ends of many feeder creeks with most of these feeders featuring lightly stained water conditions, bait fish and current as well. Although, like on any day while bass fishing, a day that produces a dozen bass or more is always a good day in any anglers book. Also, we only fished from dawn around 5 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Many anglers are now fishing deep water, as many have all summer long. Some with success and others that just keep on looking for that small school of bass, usually in a lot of deep main lake water and often requires a lot of searching. While in the process, these anglers are often found sitting in the hot, midday sun with little or no shade for relief and a good chance of getting heat stroke. Meanwhile I've found good quality-sized largemouth and spotted bass in creeks, small cuts and pockets and main lake flats, often having these places all to myself and  friends or clients of Reeds Guide Service. That is, including the company of several big bass too!

* Lures - I fish a lot of the same lures, year round on Lay lake. Why constantly change lures all day when you can catch big bass again and again on topwater lures like zara spooks, buzz baits and frogs! Or spinnerbaits, chatter baits and jerk baits. Even shallow running crankbaits, or weightless lures like Yamamoto's Senkos, Zoom's Trick Worms and their shad imitation Flukes. While fishing water less than 5 feet deep around various types of aquatic weeds, wood cover or rock cover, all found lake wide on this 50 mile long reservoir!

Oh, but I do fish deep water quite often in the summer season and I show anglers a lot of fish holding deep water as well. For those times when those shallow bass will just not cooperate! Stump rows found along main lake flats, or all around weedy and wood covered islands, ledges, drop-offs, the mouths of creeks, rock bluffs, standing timber and both dams on each end of the lake! Crankbaits fool a lot of these bass. Including lipless lures, swim baits and loads of lures fished on or near bottom like jig combos, worms and creature-type plastics.

But for all bass anglers that choose to fish this weedy impoundment (now over 100 years old), keep in mind, in a only a few weeks time the waters of Lay lake will continue to cool down for the upcoming Fall and early Winter seasons! These bass of Lay lake can make a major move towards shallow water, quickly. They instinctively know its time to feed and fatten up for the upcoming winter months ahead, as soon as water temps begin to drop into the 70's.

So make plans now to be there! Or you can always call (205) 663-1504 or e-mail me alabassgyd@aol.com on Reeds Guide Service to see how! It only gets better as waters begin to cool.

Tournament anglers, residants of Lay lake, business or company-related fishing excursions, or anglers just visiting Alabama. Fishing this Fall and early Winter? Or do you have plans to fish Alabama's Lay lake in 2016? Call or e-mail me to make your reservations now!

* Gift Certificates - Gift certificates (good for up to one year from the day purchased), for future guided fishing trips are available year round for ocassions such as birthdays, graduation, Fathers day, Mothers day, Valentines Day, Christmas or any ocassion! Discounts available for multi-day fishing trips, military or handicapped anglers! Offering full day or half day trips to Lay lake, as well.

* Buying a boat? - Looking to buy a new or used bass boat, pontoon boat or runabout boat? No matter what state you live in, always check on the discount prices found at www.airportmarine.com before you buy! Sales, parts and repairs and the friendly sales staff will keep you coming back year after year to Alabama's biggest boat dealer! Or give then a call at (205) 664-0407 and ask for the owner, Ken Hollis.Tell em' Reed Montgomery sent you and you can even arrange for a demo ride on nearby Lay lake!

* Facebook - Visit us on Face book! Just type in the words, "Reeds Guide Service" for fishing updates, fishing pictures, comments and more!

* Again, I thank you all for your prayers, your donations and above all your continued support during these very trying times for me and my wife, Margie. It has been a long road we have both had to travel this year. But it could not have been as easy without the support of our friends and family! For more updates, fishing reports, pictures, links and over 15,000 words for all seasons bass fishing here in Alabama, go to my website www.fishingalabama.com

* Also you can see an article about, "Reed Montgomery's Battle with Pancreatic Cancer" at the Bassmasters website! See "Reed Montgomery Back Guiding After Cancer Bout" at this safe link; http://www.bassmaster.com/news/reed-montgomery-back-guiding-after-cancer... go to their website www.bassmaster.com and type in the name, Reed Montgomery in their search box.

Thanks and Good Fishin' More fishing reports soon... Reed Montgomery Owner of Reeds Guide Service Website www.fishingalabama.com "Alabama's oldest, professional - bass fishing only -  guide service guiding year round on all Alabama lakes for over 40 years"

 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassFrogBooyah Baits5
2Spotted BassCrankbaitBagley's3
3Largemouth BassSpinnerbaitStrike King5
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Ice Air Temperature: 31-40 F Water Temp: 41-50 F Clarity: Cloudy
3 fish caught | Lunker: 5lb Largemouth Bass using a Davis Baits Bass Jig

Lures. Its been said, “ they are tools we choose to successfully get the job done.” LAY LAKE’S BEST LURES FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service

Birmingham, Alabama

Website www.fishingalabama.com

Phone (205) 663-1504

 

TARGETING THE COOSA RIVER SPOTTED BASS AND LAY LAKE’S  LARGEMOUTH BASS DURING THE MID WINTER PERIOD

TAKES SPECIAL CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO LURE SELECTION

 

 

Variables. Its also been said, “ there are many variables to consider, when it comes to fishing for bass.”

 

In terms of bass fishing, correctly choosing the right lure, always means success. Especially when an evident bite occurs! In most fishing scenarios the bass will tell you if you are using the correct lure, the right size lure, the right lure action, correct lure weight and the right color of lure.

 

If an angler then correctly presents this appealing lure to the fish in the right manner, at the right speed, at the right depth, utilizing the sharpest of hooks, then an in-raged bite may occur.

 

Choosing the right type of line, choosing the correct kind of line composition, perfect line strength for each situation and even the correct line color, are also other factors to consider. If you plan on having any degree of success.

 

With those combinations, adding the right rod and reel outfit, an angler may then hopefully have some degree of success in getting the job done. Which is catching fish!

 

On Alabama’s Lay lake (impounded in 1914), this can mean an angler then having to choose what type of cover to fish and where to fish, for targeting both spotted bass and largemouth bass.

 

With Lay lakes various types of aquatic weeds for fish holding cover, wood cover of all kinds, rocks, boulders, rock bluffs and places displaying man made rip-rap rocks, there are a lot of choices to consider.

 

Included in this “bass cover line up” are loads of other types of man made cover to consider fishing during the winter season. Places like dams, bridges, piers, boat houses and marinas.

 

With over 50 miles of navigable waters -- from Logan Martin Lake dam to downstream Lay lake dam -- first time visitors to Lay lake can get very confused as to where to begin their fishing day.

 

Factor in mid-Alabama’s late-January to late-February severe winter time cold fronts, then, or in addition, can be those cold, mid-to-late winter rainy periods (some that can last a week or more) and you can get some very undesirable conditions.

 

Or in the anglers favor, an unseasonable week-long, winter warming trend can take place. Again, you have many “variables” to consider.

 

Breaking down Lay Lake into an upper half and a lower half, here are some helpful tips and lure suggestions, for targeting both the Coosa River Spotted Bass and Lay lake’s Largemouth Bass. Both bass species of which are found in abundance lake wide.

 

 

LOGAN MARTIN LAKE DAM (LAY LAKE’S HEADWATERS)

TO WILSONVILLE STEAM PLANT AT MID LAKE

 

SPOTTED BASS

During the late January to late February period big spotted bass gather in these Lay lake headwaters to feed and fatten up all throughout these current laden waters. Swift water, often stained water and often, cold water temps in the mid 40’s, can position these spotted bass tight to cover.

 

From Lay lake’s headwaters to mid lake at Wilsonville steam plant, is similar to fishing winter time waters featured on any long, winding river system.

 

Heavy ½ ounce to ¾ ounce jig combos work great during these types of conditions. These lures simulate the many types of crayfish that these spotted bass dine on.

 

These tasty crustaceans are found all among the rocky, boulder-stream tailrace waters of upstream Logan Martin lake dam. Choosing jig models with built in rattles is suggested.

 

Colors of black and blue combos, or colors such as all pumpkinseed, all watermelon / black flake, all brown on brown w/tiger striped strands, or triple colors combos like brown, black and pumpkinseed jig combinations, are all good color choices.

 

Oversized trailers on these jig combos such as a big piece of pork, a big plastic chunk, big plastic crayfish imitation, frog imitation or even a trailing, creature type bait, may be needed to aid an angler in attaining a slow lure fall and help create a bigger, more easy to find lure profile.

 

There are many laying trees, stumps, log jams and brush piles to consider probing your lures in and around. Some anglers slowly flip or pitch jig combos, tube baits, big worms, oversized lizards and other bottom fished lures in and around this upper lake wood cover.

 

Eddies, just out of the swift current are where bass lay in wait for an easy meal. These bass can be located right along the edge, hugging these eddies along the many different types of wood and rock cover found in these lake headwaters.

Some of Lay lakes anglers have discovered that a technique known as “swimming a jig” combo works great here for targeting bass holding along the edge of wood cover and rock cover. It is also a technique that is great for covering water fast with a swimming jig combo technique.

 

Heavy line of 17-20 pound test of either monofilament, braided line or fluorocarbon line is suggested. Strong rods with plenty of backbone and dependable reels are needed for getting these very strong bass out of cover and into the boat.

 

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Although these lake headwaters are considered great places to target spotted bass, anglers should always keep in mind there are some big largemouth bass living here too.

 

Big baitfish such as gizzard shad, threadfin shad and bream are in abundance in these lake headwaters. Like the spotted bass, these largemouth bass dine on baitfish and crayfish all throughout the winter months as well.

 

Jig combos are great lure choices for targeting both of these bass species in these Lay lakes headwaters. Both species feed on crayfish year round in Lay lake.

 

Swim baits, both soft bodied and hard bodied models, including oversized swim bait models with jointed bodies, are great lure choices for targeting these big largemouth bass.

Shad colors, bream colors and crappie colors on your swim baits selections are good choices. Strong hooks, strong rods and strong line are suggested.

 

Mid-to-deep diving crank baits in shad colors, crayfish colors or some red or chartreuse added, are also good lure and color choices. Both floating and suspending hard bodied jerkbaits and rattling lipless lures in shad colors simulate the baitfish found here. Try shad or crayfish imitation colors, chartreuse or white.

 

Always try various selections of 1/2 ounce to 3/4 ounce chartreuse and white spinnerbaits with either gold or silver #5 to #7 Colorado and Willow leaf blade combinations on the blades. These are great lure choices in winter for big largemouth bass hiding among all the wood cover found in Lay lake’s often stained, lake headwaters.

 

WILSONVILLE STEAM PLANT TO LAY LAKE DAM  / MID TO LOWER LAKE

Main lake aquatic weeds will become more evident the further you fish downstream on Lay lake, all the way to Lay lake dam.

 

* Fishing from below Logan Martin lake dam to Highway 280 bridge crossing, is mostly for targeting bass around wood and rock cover.

 

Lay lake will begin to display a more lake-like appearance as you head further downstream of Wilsonville steam plant, located right beside incoming feeder, Yellow Leaf Creek at mid lake.

 

You will also evidently begin to see a variety of aquatic weeds both on the main lake and up in its dozens of major feeder creeks and small pockets. This calls for the use of weed less lures!

 

Topwaters too, like buzz baits, work great. Try weed less spoons, spinnerbaits, floating worms, frog and rat imitations, slow sinking Senkos and Zoom Trick worms. They will work exceptionally well, especially when fished around weeds during or following winter warming trends.

 

* Fish these types of lures in and around the weeds, as the day warms up. Most bites are from midday to late evenings.

 

As you pass the islands about one mile below Wilsonville steam plant, many major feeder creeks, main lake flats and small cuts and pockets become more evident.

 

Heading on down the lake you will see rock bluffs and some deeper water (of over 70 feet deep) in the narrows area. Jigging spoons or fishing with tail spinner lures in deep water of 20-40 feet deep works good both during the winter and summer months.

 

Resident built piers and boat houses adorn this lower lake region. All kinds of lures like worms, lizards, tube baits, jig combos, creature baits and finesse plastics work great during winter around these piers and boat houses, mostly found on the mid-to-lower lake.

 

SPOTTED BASS

Most anglers target Lay lakes spotted bass on the main lake. Ledges, drop-offs, creek mouths, islands and around rock bluffs featuring standing timber, are places that all hold quality sized spotted bass all throughout the winter season.

 

Rock bluffs are especially good places to fish with bream and shad colored crankbaits, chrome lipless lures, shad or bream colored swim baits, white or chartreuse spinner baits and suspending hard bodied jerk baits in shad colors.

 

Finesse worms rigged on jig heads or try Texas rigged and Carolina rigged worms, lizards and crayfish plastics. Colors of water melon / black flake or black, red, blue or pumpkinseed are good worm colors.

 

* Try rocky points and the mouths of small cuts and pockets along rock bluffs with these finesse jigs, fishing in water up to 30 feet deep with 6-8 pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

 

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Living right next to the spotted bass, largemouth bass can occupy wood or rock cover. But during late winter the bigger largemouth bass really prefer the more thicker, matted-type weeds close to the security of deep water near by.

 

Look for big largemouth bass around various types of mixed in wood, weeds and rock cover. They can often be found in abundance around isolated wood cover (like one, lone laying tree) in this mid-to-lower lake region. Or found mingling with spotted bass along standing timer and weeds leading into small cuts and pockets on the lower lake.

 

Lay lake’s largemouth bass thrive around aquatic weeds year round on the mid to lower lake. Weeds provide plenty of oxygen and plenty of green cover for them to hide in.

 

But in winter some weed types die off. So late winter anglers should look for the greener weeds (like those that receive a lot of sunshine throughout the day), for the most oxygen- rich environment for these largemouth bass and the prey they dine on, to relate to.

 

Try Lay Lake during this late winter period. Some of the years biggest spotted bass and some huge largemouth bass are taken by anglers that outweigh the odds when searching for big winter bass on Alabama’s Lay lake!

 

Thanks and Good Fishin’

Reed Montgomery / Reeds Gui Lures. Its been said, “ they are tools we choose to successfully get the job done.” LAY LAKE’S BEST LURES FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service

Birmingham, Alabama

Website www.fishingalabama.com

Phone (205) 663-1504

 

TARGETING THE COOSA RIVER SPOTTED BASS AND LAY LAKE’S  LARGEMOUTH BASS DURING THE MID WINTER PERIOD

TAKES SPECIAL CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO LURE SELECTION

 

 

Variables. Its also been said, “ there are many variables to consider, when it comes to fishing for bass.”

 

In terms of bass fishing, correctly choosing the right lure, always means success. Especially when an evident bite occurs! In most fishing scenarios the bass will tell you if you are using the correct lure, the right size lure, the right lure action, correct lure weight and the right color of lure.

 

If an angler then correctly presents this appealing lure to the fish in the right manner, at the right speed, at the right depth, utilizing the sharpest of hooks, then an in-raged bite may occur.

 

Choosing the right type of line, choosing the correct kind of line composition, perfect line strength for each situation and even the correct line color, are also other factors to consider. If you plan on having any degree of success.

 

With those combinations, adding the right rod and reel outfit, an angler may then hopefully have some degree of success in getting the job done. Which is catching fish!

 

On Alabama’s Lay lake (impounded in 1914), this can mean an angler then having to choose what type of cover to fish and where to fish, for targeting both spotted bass and largemouth bass.

 

With Lay lakes various types of aquatic weeds for fish holding cover, wood cover of all kinds, rocks, boulders, rock bluffs and places displaying man made rip-rap rocks, there are a lot of choices to consider.

 

Included in this “bass cover line up” are loads of other types of man made cover to consider fishing during the winter season. Places like dams, bridges, piers, boat houses and marinas.

 

With over 50 miles of navigable waters -- from Logan Martin Lake dam to downstream Lay lake dam -- first time visitors to Lay lake can get very confused as to where to begin their fishing day.

 

Factor in mid-Alabama’s late-January to late-February severe winter time cold fronts, then, or in addition, can be those cold, mid-to-late winter rainy periods (some that can last a week or more) and you can get some very undesirable conditions.

 

Or in the anglers favor, an unseasonable week-long, winter warming trend can take place. Again, you have many “variables” to consider.

 

Breaking down Lay Lake into an upper half and a lower half, here are some helpful tips and lure suggestions, for targeting both the Coosa River Spotted Bass and Lay lake’s Largemouth Bass. Both bass species of which are found in abundance lake wide.

 

 

LOGAN MARTIN LAKE DAM (LAY LAKE’S HEADWATERS)

TO WILSONVILLE STEAM PLANT AT MID LAKE

 

SPOTTED BASS

During the late January to late February period big spotted bass gather in these Lay lake headwaters to feed and fatten up all throughout these current laden waters. Swift water, often stained water and often, cold water temps in the mid 40’s, can position these spotted bass tight to cover.

 

From Lay lake’s headwaters to mid lake at Wilsonville steam plant, is similar to fishing winter time waters featured on any long, winding river system.

 

Heavy ½ ounce to ¾ ounce jig combos work great during these types of conditions. These lures simulate the many types of crayfish that these spotted bass dine on.

 

These tasty crustaceans are found all among the rocky, boulder-stream tailrace waters of upstream Logan Martin lake dam. Choosing jig models with built in rattles is suggested.

 

Colors of black and blue combos, or colors such as all pumpkinseed, all watermelon / black flake, all brown on brown w/tiger striped strands, or triple colors combos like brown, black and pumpkinseed jig combinations, are all good color choices.

 

Oversized trailers on these jig combos such as a big piece of pork, a big plastic chunk, big plastic crayfish imitation, frog imitation or even a trailing, creature type bait, may be needed to aid an angler in attaining a slow lure fall and help create a bigger, more easy to find lure profile.

 

There are many laying trees, stumps, log jams and brush piles to consider probing your lures in and around. Some anglers slowly flip or pitch jig combos, tube baits, big worms, oversized lizards and other bottom fished lures in and around this upper lake wood cover.

 

Eddies, just out of the swift current are where bass lay in wait for an easy meal. These bass can be located right along the edge, hugging these eddies along the many different types of wood and rock cover found in these lake headwaters.

Some of Lay lakes anglers have discovered that a technique known as “swimming a jig” combo works great here for targeting bass holding along the edge of wood cover and rock cover. It is also a technique that is great for covering water fast with a swimming jig combo technique.

 

Heavy line of 17-20 pound test of either monofilament, braided line or fluorocarbon line is suggested. Strong rods with plenty of backbone and dependable reels are needed for getting these very strong bass out of cover and into the boat.

 

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Although these lake headwaters are considered great places to target spotted bass, anglers should always keep in mind there are some big largemouth bass living here too.

 

Big baitfish such as gizzard shad, threadfin shad and bream are in abundance in these lake headwaters. Like the spotted bass, these largemouth bass dine on baitfish and crayfish all throughout the winter months as well.

 

Jig combos are great lure choices for targeting both of these bass species in these Lay lakes headwaters. Both species feed on crayfish year round in Lay lake.

 

Swim baits, both soft bodied and hard bodied models, including oversized swim bait models with jointed bodies, are great lure choices for targeting these big largemouth bass.

Shad colors, bream colors and crappie colors on your swim baits selections are good choices. Strong hooks, strong rods and strong line are suggested.

 

Mid-to-deep diving crank baits in shad colors, crayfish colors or some red or chartreuse added, are also good lure and color choices. Both floating and suspending hard bodied jerkbaits and rattling lipless lures in shad colors simulate the baitfish found here. Try shad or crayfish imitation colors, chartreuse or white.

 

Always try various selections of 1/2 ounce to 3/4 ounce chartreuse and white spinnerbaits with either gold or silver #5 to #7 Colorado and Willow leaf blade combinations on the blades. These are great lure choices in winter for big largemouth bass hiding among all the wood cover found in Lay lake’s often stained, lake headwaters.

 

WILSONVILLE STEAM PLANT TO LAY LAKE DAM  / MID TO LOWER LAKE

Main lake aquatic weeds will become more evident the further you fish downstream on Lay lake, all the way to Lay lake dam.

 

* Fishing from below Logan Martin lake dam to Highway 280 bridge crossing, is mostly for targeting bass around wood and rock cover.

 

Lay lake will begin to display a more lake-like appearance as you head further downstream of Wilsonville steam plant, located right beside incoming feeder, Yellow Leaf Creek at mid lake.

 

You will also evidently begin to see a variety of aquatic weeds both on the main lake and up in its dozens of major feeder creeks and small pockets. This calls for the use of weed less lures!

 

Topwaters too, like buzz baits, work great. Try weed less spoons, spinnerbaits, floating worms, frog and rat imitations, slow sinking Senkos and Zoom Trick worms. They will work exceptionally well, especially when fished around weeds during or following winter warming trends.

 

* Fish these types of lures in and around the weeds, as the day warms up. Most bites are from midday to late evenings.

 

As you pass the islands about one mile below Wilsonville steam plant, many major feeder creeks, main lake flats and small cuts and pockets become more evident.

 

Heading on down the lake you will see rock bluffs and some deeper water (of over 70 feet deep) in the narrows area. Jigging spoons or fishing with tail spinner lures in deep water of 20-40 feet deep works good both during the winter and summer months.

 

Resident built piers and boat houses adorn this lower lake region. All kinds of lures like worms, lizards, tube baits, jig combos, creature baits and finesse plastics work great during winter around these piers and boat houses, mostly found on the mid-to-lower lake.

 

SPOTTED BASS

Most anglers target Lay lakes spotted bass on the main lake. Ledges, drop-offs, creek mouths, islands and around rock bluffs featuring standing timber, are places that all hold quality sized spotted bass all throughout the winter season.

 

Rock bluffs are especially good places to fish with bream and shad colored crankbaits, chrome lipless lures, shad or bream colored swim baits, white or chartreuse spinner baits and suspending hard bodied jerk baits in shad colors.

 

Finesse worms rigged on jig heads or try Texas rigged and Carolina rigged worms, lizards and crayfish plastics. Colors of water melon / black flake or black, red, blue or pumpkinseed are good worm colors.

 

* Try rocky points and the mouths of small cuts and pockets along rock bluffs with these finesse jigs, fishing in water up to 30 feet deep with 6-8 pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

 

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Living right next to the spotted bass, largemouth bass can occupy wood or rock cover. But during late winter the bigger largemouth bass really prefer the more thicker, matted-type weeds close to the security of deep water near by.

 

Look for big largemouth bass around various types of mixed in wood, weeds and rock cover. They can often be found in abundance around isolated wood cover (like one, lone laying tree) in this mid-to-lower lake region. Or found mingling with spotted bass along standing timer and weeds leading into small cuts and pockets on the lower lake.

 

Lay lake’s largemouth bass thrive around aquatic weeds year round on the mid to lower lake. Weeds provide plenty of oxygen and plenty of green cover for them to hide in.

 

But in winter some weed types die off. So late winter anglers should look for the greener weeds (like those that receive a lot of sunshine throughout the day), for the most oxygen- rich environment for these largemouth bass and the prey they dine on, to relate to.

 

Try Lay Lake during this late winter period. Some of the years biggest spotted bass and some huge largemouth bass are taken by anglers that outweigh the odds when searching for big winter bass on Alabama’s Lay lake!

 

Thanks and Good Fishin’

Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service

Website www.fishingalabama.com

Phone (205) 663-1504

Guide Service

Website www.fishingalabama.com

Phone (205) 663-1504

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassBrush HogZoom
2Spotted BassJigging SpoonHopkins
3Largemouth BassBass JigDavis Baits5

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