Alabama Friday Fishing Report – al.com
From Guntersville, Captain Mike Gerry reports that the fall change is underway, with bass migrating from their summer dens in deep water to shallower grassy plains, weed mats, bays and mud flats, as well as start hunting shad at the surface. He suggests anglers try the shallows closest to the canal first, throwing the surface water at dawn into the weeds scattered in areas 2-3 feet deep, then moving around. towards the shoulder at sunrise and fishing for swimjigs and swimbaits. Gerry also enjoys fishing for the Spro Frog on the weed mats as fall arrives. www.fishlakeguntersvilleguideservice.com.
At Lake Martin, guide Dave Harp wore out the great striped bass, with lots of fish caught on surface water plugs around schools of herring. He says you just need to look for broken fish and throw a Spook, Pop-R, or other noisy surface water at them. While most fish weigh 5-10 pounds, there’s about 20 pounds in the mix, Harp says. This fishery generally improves as the weather gets colder; www.alexcityguideservice.com.
From Lake Pickwick, Mississippi’s wildlife, fisheries and parks report good surface water action on the edge of plains and large shallow bays as fish move shallow to chase schools of shad at the area. Buzzbaits, chatterbaits, and spinnerbaits are all effective in sparse grass, while weedless frogs do the job in thicker hydrilla and weed mats. Plus, keep an eye out for snapping fish anywhere from the main channel to inside bays – surface waters including the Rapala Skitter Vee as well as the fast crank Rat-L-Traps. , capture these fish.
From Lewis Smith, stripers and spotted bass pop herring to the surface around spikes, cliff walls and offshore bars. The Gunfish 115, Rapala Skitter Vee, and Spook are all effective surface water for these fish, as is the throw of a Chrome-finished Rat-L-Trap. This surface water action gets better and better throughout Halloween, so now is a great time to visit Smith. Downstream from the dam, the stocked rainbow trout are active whenever there is current – walk around the pumping station at the end of the road from the dam to route 69 at the bridge and fish for it. area with Berkley trout bait under a rotating float. Wet flies and small weathervanes are also effective; www.riversideflyshop.com.
The Duck River Reservoir east of Cullman also has a good surface water bite, with many shad fry chasing spotted bass above the first two hours of daylight. Throw small jerkbaits like the Rebel Countdown Minnow to connect. The lake also has a lot of big shit – fish the scrub creeks and side creeks with live minnows to find them, or slow trolling the main lake to the fairway with 1/24 ounce jigs.
On the coast, the water temperature is dropping and redfish and trout are more and more active every day. Look for both wherever there are large schools of bait and diving birds. Fish for DOA or Vudu shrimp under a cork to connect with these open water fish. Also look for reds around the bays at the eastern end of the Mississippi Strait and the Dauphin Island Bridge and catch them on small pinfish or croakers. On the beach, the pompano bite should be unleashed any day as the water cools – live sand fleas on a pompano platform are the ticket. Fish a big jerkbait or live croaker outside the bass for giant reds 20 pounds and over, or find them at Dixey Bar or Sand Island Light. Kings and Spaniards return to shore as the water clears up and becomes saltier after previous storms – both will be there until the baitfish leave, sometime after mid-October. Catch the Kings by pulling a 6 ″ Drone spoon behind a number 2 planer. For the Spanish, a Clark Mackerel “tree” behind a trolling lead is hard to beat; www.ateamfishing.com.