Location

AL
United States
33° 25' 48" N, 86° 19' 48" W
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Clear
5 fish caught | Lunker: 4lb Largemouth Bass using a Rapala Crankbait

Coosa River System, Alabama Logan Martin Lake Report August 31 2015 By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service Alabaster, Al. (205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com

Impounded 1964 Lake Level Full Pool 465.0 Air Temperature Upper 80's Water Temperature Low-to-mid 80's

* Conditions the first week of September - Partly cloudy each day, Air temp upper 80's with a 20-40 percent chance of rain daily

* Note - Previous Logan Martin Lake reports by Reed Montgomery are still posted on Fishound for August and September of last year in 2014. Read these old reports! They contain lots of info including air and water temps, lake levels and calling a1-800 number for daily water generation schedules. Also suggestions on selecting fishing lures and various locations!

So whats changed? Well for one thing the weather! As you can read from my late August and September 2014 reports for Logan Martin Lake here on fishound, it was near 100 degrees last year! Many anglers had resorted to night fishing to beat the heat while other self proclaimend "die hards" found themselves cutting their daytime fishing short, due to 2014 summer's still sweltering heat, which was constantly in the upper 90's!

The weather plays a huge role in an anglers pre-planed fishing trip. Like recently. A couple of weeks back in mid August throughout Alabama it was hot, in the mid-to-upper 90's. Then it got cloudy, lots of rain each day, and now the first week of September, we are seeing some sunny days and little rain, with air temps in the 70's and low 80's! With cooler nights in the 60's, the cooler than normal air temps have dropped water temps into the low-80's and even some water is already displaying upper-70's in some places on Logan Martin and other Alabama lakes; like spring fed creeks, the far back end of major feeder creeks and incoming rivers (those displaying lots of shade) and current laden areas on the lake, like the lake's head waters.

* Lures for Logan Marin Lake - As summer comes to an end it is actually one of those rare times of the year when an angler can literally expect to catch or target spotted bass and largemouth bass, using about any offering he/she has to offer! So experiment! Be prepared! Come to the lake with as many pre-rigged rods as you and your partner can trip over in a days time! I've always got at least a dozen pre-rigged rods ready with lures fished from top to bottom. You may discover that near perfect lure or set of lures that at any time during the days often ever-changing conditions may help you discover that motherlode of bass, but keep in mnid you may suddenly have to adapt...just like the bass your constantly after on each fishing trip!

* Heres how; First play your instincts and include lure choices you are comfortable fishing with, those lures you are use to catching bass with too! Look at the conditions. Consider where are you going to fish. Or you going to be in shallow water all day? No use having a deep diving crankbait or a jigging spoon tied on! Has it rained and muddied up your favorite creek? Meaning targeting bass hugging weed and wood cover with sound, flash and vibration type lures like oversized spinnerbaits, loud buzz baits or rattling lipless lures. Or has it been a few weeks with little or no rain leaving your favorite creek much more clearer than usual, requiring stealth, long casts and lures that fool some often very skittish bass in clear water situations.

Like said; Rig as many rods as you can! If you are big believer in multiple "fishing line choices" then make sure you pre-rig some reels with monofilament line in the 10-20 pound test, or you may prefer 30-50 pound test braided line.Or light line! (On Logan Martin Lake many anglers fish finesse worms on line as light as 6-8 pound test.) This does provide a much better "feel" not only for feeling the lake's bottom, but also good for detecting those often very subtle bites a bass can deliver, which could go undetected if selecting much heavier fishing line.

So, that is why you have a multiple choice with a dozen or so pre-rigged rods! Your going to be spending your valuable fishing time while actually wetting your lures hooks all day, instead of spending countless minutes while changing lures, with only one or two pre-rigged rod and reel outfits!

Maybe you have been fishing Logan Martin lake a life time and figure you need little or no help. But, if thats so, you would not be here on this internet reading these fishing reports on Fishhound! Or perhaps you are just now building up your fishing supplies with little fishing tackle and only 1-3 rod and reel outfits. If thats the situation keep in mind the reel choice, the rod length and the type of fishing line pre-rigged on each outfit. You may have to change lures several times during the day.

Either way, right now, plan on starting your day while fishing shallow with a topwater lure! Or you may select several different types of topwater lures to give the bass a multiple choice! Include heavy line and long rods as well! You can really heave a fake frog or buzz bait much longer distances with a long, 6 1/2 - 7 foot rod, much further than use of a short 5 1/2 foot rod, which is better suited for the backs of small creeks!

As your day progresses you may choose to stop and take a short break. Cut off all lures on each rod, then change to deeper water lures like deep diving crankbaits, worms or jig combos and jigging spoons. Or get in tight with those bass while using flipping worms, lizards, beaver type lures, jig combos and creature type lures fishing in and around the lakes aquatic weeds, various types of wood cover, around rocks, boulders, rock walls or even targeting man made piers and boat houses, all found on Logan Martin Lake this Fall season!

So, until then Good Fishin'

Thanks, Reed Montgomery owner of Reeds Guide Service Alabaster, Alabama (205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com fishing and guiding on Logan Martin lake and all other Alabama lakes for over forty years. "Alabama's oldest, professional - bass fishing only- guide service year round! "

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassCrankbaitRapala4
2Largemouth BassCrankbaitBandit Lures4
3Largemouth BassCrankbaitBandit Lures3
4Spotted BassTopwaterHeddon Lures3
5Spotted BassTopwater BaitHeddon Lures4
2
Average: 2 (1 vote)
Weather: Windy Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 41-50 F Clarity: Murky 2 fish caught

Tough day, they were running a lot of water so it made it hard for flipping. It was fun even though my trim pump went out.this is my favorite time of year to fish in winter time they draw the water down at Logan Martin making it a little easier by putting the bass on isolated cover

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Spotted BassWeedless JigsWar Eagle
2Spotted BassWeedless JigsWar Eagle
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Stained

Went out to Logan Martin for a little while Friday. I mainly stayed down river fishing for spots. I managed to have a decent day. The fish were scattered but if you fished around any kind of rock or rip rap you could catch a few on a worm or squarebill crankbait.

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