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Fishing Report Provided by Fishing Alabama Reeds Guide Service - Reed Montomery
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Stained
Average: 3 (1 vote)
September 23, 2014
Celebrating 50 years since its impoundment! Logan Martin Lake is only 30 miles from Birmingham, at its midway point is where I-65 going to Atlanta crosses the lake. It is a man made Coosa River Impoundment about 50 nautical miles from dam to dam. Plus, the lake is still loaded with the Coosa River breed of spotted bass, largemouth bass and striped bass. Often, an angler can fool all three of these bass species during the Fall season when the lake begins to cool, inducing these bass to feed and fatten up for the upcoming winter months ahead. Bass anglers should take notice. This lake is drawn down for winter pool during every Fall season and it is usually down, around 3-4 feet below normal full pool levels, for about 6 months until the next year’s spring season. It is very hazardous for boat navigation, especially for first timers! * You can keep a good check on the lake level (and water generation schedules), by calling Alabama Power at 1-800-lakes 11. As September slowly comes to an end the arrival of the Fall season can actually be felt as the cool mornings of October begin to dip into the upper 50′s, requiring a long sleeve shirt or light jacket. The bass feel it too! Water temperatures rose to around 90 degrees this past summer season and even in early September the water temps hovered in the mid 80′s, due to some late summer and hot, lingering days of mid-to-upper 80′s. Water temps are now close to 80 degrees in late September. Air temps are in the upper 70′s with low 60′s at night. But soon that will all change. Falling lake levels, aquatic weeds slowly begin to wither and die and water temps falling every week, including soon, Fall rains that may muddy up the mid-to-upper lake and possibly heavely stain most incoming feeder creeks. These are just some of the negative aspects of Fall fishing on Logan Martin lake. There are many, more positive reasons to be fishing Logan Martin lake this Fall season as the lake waters begin to cool and air temps constantly begin to drop. Like; Gone are all the sea doos (or jet skies), water skiers, pleasure boaters, pontoon parties, crappie and catfish anglers, other types of anglers and boaters and even bass boats, as many would-be bass anglers now turn their attention to hunting in the woods nearby, watching football on weekends or taking care of business, like kids back in school! So how does and angler approach a lake like Logan Martin lake during these Fall and early Winter seasons? What lures and techniques does it take to successfully fool some of the lakes biggest bass? Heres how. Just like any time you go fish any lake, do your home work first. Check out the lake level (every other day if possible), prior to your pre planned fishing trip, to a lake that will be for sure dropping each week after the first week of October. Take a good look at the previous week’s weather. Check out all the current fishing reports for the lake on the internet (or see www.fishingalabama.com) and talk to any anglers that have previously been on the lake. Keep in mind. For the past four months these largemouth bass and spotted bass have related to both deep river channel ledges, drop-offs, or old deeper creek channels and Logan Martin’s shallow bass have been found around any wood and rock cover. The largemouth bass have also been found right at home lingering among the lake’s aquatic weeds that line the shoreline and found from one end of this fifty mile long lake to the other! So now, as those shoreline aquatic weeds slowly begin to wither and die, some previous weed-dweeling bass suddenly move out. Other bass are forced from their weedy homes as the lake levels begin to fall, thus exposing the lakes weeds as lake drawdown occurs. By the time the lake is down 3-4 feet there are very few aquatic weeds for these bass to relate to. So, they just back off and head for to the nearest wood cover, rock cover or bottom irregularity. But astute bass anglers should always keep in mind. Any weeds still left in the water after Logan Martin lake is drawn down, (with a depth of one foot or more), could still have some of the lake’s biggest bass! There are always some big, largemouth bass still clinging to the very last piece of weedy cover, a spot these big bass possibly inhibited for the last 3-4 months, or now they can be found lingering nearby! As lake levels begin to fall, these spotted bass and largemouth bass will still be found on any nearby wood cover such as now exposed stumps, laying logs, laydown trees, resident-planted brush piles and any piers, boat houses and marinas. Rock cover (now exposed due to lake draw down) can be discovered just about any where on this lake. Old road beds, old house foundations, rock piles, rock bluffs or block walls, rocky boulder-filled main lake points are excellant places and any man made rip-rap rocks like those found around bridges, culverts and the dam area, will now hold both retreating bass (that were previously hugging the lakes original shoreline when the lake was at full pool) and schools of bass now feeding and constantly scanning the shallows of the new, low pool shoreline, for those easy-to-eat meals. Prey that inhibited the lakes aquatic weeds will still be the food of choice for most bass. These weeds held a lot of the meals these bass dine on daily and just because the lake is being lowered does not mean bass will quit eating minnows, bream, shad and other bait fish. This goes for those bass still targeting prey like frogs, snakes, worms, lizards, crayfish and insects that have now left the security of their weedy homes they harbored this past summer season! So, do the same lures still fool the same bass? Yes! Topwater lures are at their best in water temps ranging from the seventies down to the sixties. With water temps as low as 50 degrees, its still possible to fool a big bass this Fall and early Winter seasons on a topwater lure and there are many lure choiuces to select from as usual. Fake frogs, buzz baits, poppers, prop baits and walking type topwater lures like Heddon’s Zara Spooks and Lucky Craft Sammies to name a few. Floating worms, soft jerk baits and Senkos fished weightless or lures like spinnerbaits or chatterbaits will still fool big bass! Many of these Fall season bass will now begin to feed and actually gorge themselves with baitfish like bream, minnows, gizzard shad and threadfin shad. Tailoring your lures to simulate prey look-a-likes calls for selecting shad colors, bream colors or using lures that look and act like minnows, like both floating model jerk baits and suspending jerk baits. Rattling lipless lures like half ounce Bill Lewis Rattle traps, Strike King’s Red Eye Shad or Rapala’s Rattlin Raps can be fished on 14-15 pound line and a long 6-7 foot rod. These lures cover water fast and they often induce the more anxious and bigger bass, those curious bass tracking these lures feeding by sight, sound and flash. Shallow to deep diving crankbaits should be tried as well! Fishing on or near Logan Martin lakes varied bottom, bass anglers now have dozens, if not hundreds of lures to select from. Soft plastics like worms, lizards, crayfish imitations, tube baits and creature baits, either fished Texas-rigged, Carolina-rigged or on a jig head stills fools the more sluggish big, largemouth bass. Also besides the big largemouth bass, the spotted bass prefer both large and small offerings. You can fish small shaky head worms. Jig combos and shiny jigging spoons or tail spinners fool some of the fall seasons biggest spotted bass on Logan Martin lake! Off the wall tactics like fishing with a Alabama Rig (a multi-lure rig) or casting heavy, jig head swim baits in deep water will work as well. These lures can fool bass that many anglers fail to even entice to bite! So as you can see although there are many changes in store this Fall and early Winter seasons for bass anglers fishing Logan Martin lake, most anglers are tailored to benefit, especially those persistant bass anglers that just keep on chunkin’!
Fishing Report Provided by Fishing Alabama Reeds Guide Service - Reed Montomery
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Clear
Average: 4 (1 vote)
August 23, 2014
Late Summer Bass Fishing on Alabama's Logan Martin Lake By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 B'ham, Al. www.fishingalabama.com Lake Level: Full Pool Impounded 1964 Water Temperature: Mid-to-upper 80's Air Temperature (Last week of August, 2014) Mid-to-upper 90's or 100 degrees! Hot! * From the month of June on into late September, the largemouth bass and Coosa River breed of spotted bass that inhibit this 50 mile long, man made impoundment Logan Martin Lake, are dead into a summertime mode...or summer frame of mind. By late Summer, from late August until late September, there is a 30 day period all bass anglers anxiously await to come to an end. Then, the arrival of the beginning of another upcoming Fall season, usually around the first week of October, a slow cooling down period develops, where changes take place every week. But does anything really change right now? * Many anglers will agree, not much does change right now. June and July displayed the ever-increasing hot days of the typical early-to-mid summer period. But anglers that braved the weather were blessed with many weeks of rainy, mid-to-upper 80 degree weather right up into early August. That induced Logan Martin Lake's bass to continue their annual summertime feeding spree, feeding in water temps of upper 70's to low 80's for weeks. So the bass were happy and so were the bass anglers that caught them! * But nothing stays the same, especially when it comes to the weather and bass fishing! Many anglers are now struggling just to even come up with a good day time bite in late August. Even among bass anglers fishing after the sun goes down, the majority of these nocturnal bass anglers have found night fishing to be very slow. Why? Its hot both during the day and at night...that has a lot to do with it! Still, there is hope in sight for the daytime angler forced to fish whenever he or she can! * As the month of September nears keep these thoughts in mind. Cooler Days, Cooler Water and Current. This weekend alone is predicted to be near 100 degrees! This week has already shown daytime highs in the upper 90's almost all of the week (ok it was in the low 90's last Monday), with night time lows now only dipping into the mid 70's! When two weeks ago it was actually in the low 60's on some nights! So just like bass anglers that want to stay cool and comfortable when its hot, the bass (and even the bait fish), of Logan Martin Lake will also seek out water that fits their comfort zone a lot more. Usually taking place right where they reside is some type of cooler water and some type of current almost daily. * To tackle these daytime bass, you need tackle! Lots of it! Including plenty of pre-rigged rods as well! This is still a time when both breeds of bass will hit a variety of lures in both shallow water and deep water. But precious time on the water calls for casting all day keeping a lure in the water, not rigging rods or replacing line and hooks...when you should be fishing! Like said, "Come rigged and ready!" So, here is a list of ten rods (if you have them), that I would have already pre-rigged the night before, to be ready for any bass fishing situation, in shallow water, mid depths and deeper water on Logan Martin Lake. Good lure choices for at least the next few months! * TOPWATER LURES - Dawn, early mornings, during cloudy periods and during late evenings right on up until sundown, I'm going to be tempting Logan Martin Lake's big, largemouth bass and some of the bigger trophy-size, very aggressive spotted bass, with some type of topwater lure! Why do I say Big and Trophy-size bass? Because after fishing and guiding on Logan Martin Lake since it was impounded in 1964, now over 40 years ago (thats over 40 summers), I do know topwater lures still fool big bass! Even when its hot, come rigged and ready with these lures! Lure # 1. Zara Super Spook in shad colors made by Heddon / Lure #2 - A 1/2 ounce Buzz Bait / Lure #3 hollow bodied Frogs. * SHALLOW TO MID-DEPTH LURES - Besides fishing with at least 3 pre-rigged topwater lures mostly around aquatic weeds, wood cover and rocks, there are many other lures I would have pre-rigged for any shallow water situation. Generally fishing in water less than 5 feet deep I would pre-rig these 4 lures. Lure # 4 White 1/4 ounce Spinnerbait with silver blades / Lure # 5 Shallow to mid-depth crankbaits, like Rapala's No. 5 Shad Raps and Square-billed Shad look-a-like crankbaits / Lure # 6 Suspending Jerk baits - Rapala's 2 hook model X-rap and James Heddon's 3 hook suspending model Tim Horton signature series jerk baits / Lure # 7 A Zoom Bubblegum, yellow or white colored Trick worm rigged either weightless Texas-style or wacky-rigged. * DEEP WATER - Fishing "Deep" when its very hot in late Summer on Logan Martin Lake can mean anglers should be be targeting depths of 5-30 feet deep. We do not see many bass caught much deeper. There are many first and secondary ledges and lots of sudden drop-offs to be found on this lake. Plenty of piers, boat houses and marinas all surrounded by deep water. Also submerged islands, humps, hidden underwater ridges, and lots of rock piles, including sand bards, points, the ends of visible islands, creek mouths, old house foundations and old road beds. * To reach these depths anglers either fish with deep diving crankbaits or fish on or close to the lakes bottom. Lure choice # 8 - A deep diving crankbait, one that dives at least 10-12 feet deep. Strike King, Rapala, Mann's and Excalibur are just some suggestions in shad colors / Lure # 9 - A ten-twelve inch worm like Mann's or Zoom or any bigger worm others make / Lure # 10 - Although I could have chosen among a number of Texas-rigged plastics, or jig head rigged or Carolina-rigged plastics, a jig combo, or smaller finesse plastic worm outfit (like a watermelon colored Shaky head worm on light line), instead I choose a jigging spoon. A 1/4 to 1/2 ounce Hopkins jigging spoon will fool largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, striped bass and even other fish like bream, catfish and rough fish! Often in numbers and usually when other lures fail! * So there you have it, my choice for fishing both deep water and shallow water on Logan Martin Lake during this hot, late summer season. When Fall is nearby... Or, you can always call (205) 663-1504 on Reeds Guide Service...first! Logan Martin Lake's oldest, professional bass fishing only guide service for over 40 years! Now utilizing the new 2015 Ranger 520 Comanche series bass boat, equipped with Lowrance electronics, Minn kota 112 pound thrust trolling motor and Evinrude E-tec 250 h.p. outboard motor! Provided by www.airportmarine.com and www.Rangerboats.com! * NOTE - Daytime Bassin' - As most anglers know by now getting on the water very early and making your first cast of the day (around dawn), is important for catching big bass, for your comfort as well, and for beating the crowds on Logan Martin Lake as well! A lake, that is very crowded with recreational activity during the late summer season. Like said, "cooler days are always better". So plan ahead for your daytime fishing trip when it is at least a little cooler. When it cools back down into the upper 80's or even the low 90's in September is much more comfortable than 100 degrees! By calling Alabama Power 1-800-lakes-11 you can check on the water generation scedule, which is very important for those anglers fishing the main lake where "current" creates very active bass, both spots and largemouths! * Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery Owner of Reeds Guide Service Website www.fishingalabama.com B'ham, Al. (205) 663-1504.
|Catch||Species||Lure/Bait||Brand||Weight (lb)||Length (inches)|
|3||Spotted Bass||Rubber Worm||Zoom||5|