We are thankful for families that fish. Because fishing really can bring memories that will last a lifetime. Let me give you an example:
Chris Roquemore submitted a Georgia Bass Slam for his 19 year-old son, Patten, this week. Now, Chris already managed to secure his 2021 Georgia Bass Slam back in May – so he didn’t necessarily need to go out any more. BUT, he did, and I think even he might say he got the best end of that deal. I will let him tell it in his words:
“2021 proved to be the most fun fishing adventure of my life. We (Chris and his son Patten) travelled the state, struck out more times than not, but got to see and fish areas of the state we never knew existed. Most (and best) of all, I got to spend a priceless amount of time fishing, planning, lamenting illusive fish and driving from location to location with my son. Thanks to all who engineer this program and give us that little bit of extra motivation to get out there and enjoy the opportunities this great state has to offer.”
Now THAT has us thankful.
This week, we have fresh fishing reports from Southeast, Central, North and Southwest Georgia. Thanks to ALL of you that Go Fish Georgia – we are grateful for you!
(Fishing report courtesy of Bert Deener, Region Supervisor and fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
The Altamaha system is fishable again (including Ocmulgee and Oconee tributaries). The best reports were from ponds and saltwater this week.
River gages on November 18th were:
- Abbeville on the Ocmulgee – 3.1 feet and falling fast
- Doctortown on the Altamaha – 6.5 feet and rising
- Waycross on the Satilla – 9.6 feet and falling (58 degrees)
- Atkinson on the Satilla – 11.1 feet and falling
- Macclenny on the St Marys – 7.7 feet and falling
- Clyo on the Savannah River – 7.4 feet and rising
An angler fished the river on Thursday morning and had 5 bass (nothing big) by flinging crankbaits around wood cover. Another angler fished an oxbow lake on Friday and had a slow trip, only catching 1 bass. The river is getting right, so fire up your river boat.
I got several reports this week of folks doing well for crappie in the river. Nathanael fished with his cousin and uncle on Tuesday afternoon, and they caught some fish. Nathanael caught a nice longear sunfish on a worm, and the others caught a nice bass and a couple other bluegills on crickets on the back of white Satilla Spins. But, their best bite was the last hour of daylight when they got on a great crappie bite. They pitched 1/32-oz Tennessee Shad Specktacular Jigs tipped with minnows to a flooded willow bush and caught a dozen nice crappie up to a pound. The other anglers I got reports from this week fished minnows in oxbow lakes for their crappie. Irvin Bracewell fished Wednesday evening and caught some perch in his favorite oxbow lake. He had minnows with him when I talked with him, so I’m assuming that’s what he caught them on.
The river came up, and Tyler Finch worked hard for his fish this weekend. He ended up catching 70 fish over the two days. Almost all of them were on white Satilla Spins (3/16oz) tipped with crickets. He caught some crappie on minnows, also.
The water is still high, and the fish are spread out in the prairies. The swamp is absolutely gorgeous in the fall with all the wildflowers blooming. This week the cypress trees will be their peak orange color. Plan your trip for the scenery, not necessarily the catching….. The latest water level (Folkston side) was 121.50 feet.
Paisley caught an angler award-sized crappie on Saturday in a Berrien County Pond while fishing with her dad, Dean. The 2-lb. 4-oz. monster ate a minnow. They caught a couple 13-inch bass and 3 bluegills on crawfish-colored Satilla Spins earlier in the trip, but the crappie turned on just before dark. They caught 10 nice crappie during the last 15 minutes of light, including Paisley’s slab. They fished the minnows about 3 feet deep over the deepest part of the pond. Matt Rouse fished a pond on Tuesday and caught a good bass on a grape Culprit worm. Bass have been active, especially in the afternoons. Moving baits (swimbaits, Rat-L-traps, and spinnerbaits) have fooled some, but the best numbers have been from anglers bouncing plastic worms along the bottom and around cover. Crappie fishing has been great for those drifting minnows over the deepest areas of the pond or those casting artificials to deeper cover.
OCMULGEE PUBLIC FISHING AREA (near Hawkinsville, more info HERE)
An angler had a great day late last week on the area. He caught 5 bass that weighed 21 pounds, and his biggest was 5 3/4 pounds. He didn’t share details about what lure(s) he was throwing. Remember, bass are catch-and-release only on the area.
PARADISE PUBLIC FISHING AREA (near Tifton, more info HERE)
The crappie bite was good again this week. The Lake Patrick Pier has been the hot-spot, but anglers fishing the other lakes and other areas of Lake Patrick have also caught a bunch. The mid-week warm-up really had them chewing. Small straight-tail plastics suspended under floats produced best, but minnows caught a few also. The entrance and Horseshoe Lake 1 have produced some really good catfish catches (both channel and speckled cats).
SALTWATER (GA COAST)
The trout ate with a vengeance this week. I got reports from all along our coast from anglers who caught them well with both artificials and live shrimp. Up north, a Savannah angler caught keepers every time he bank fished from several different locations. He pitched Keitech swimbaits on a jighead made with Gamakatsu hooks. He caught about a dozen keepers each time he went. Anglers in the Brunswick area did well fishing shell beds and creek mouths on live shrimp and Sea Shads. Capt. Greg Hildreth put it on the trout this week during his charters, especially on Thursday. Mike Harrell and Jim Hickox fished out of the Jekyll Island ramp on Thursday and had LOTS of undersized trout and only a couple keepers. They used DOA shrimp for their trout. The most impressive part of their catch was their 17 BIG whiting. They caught those bulls on shrimp fished on the bottom in 8 to 10 feet of water near the channel. In the Crooked River area, some anglers drifted live shrimp near deeper shell mounds on the incoming tide for some nice keeper trout. Of course, lots of redfish were mixed in their catches. Pretty much all the redfish are above the 14-inch minimum slot by now, but quite a few are over the 23-inch maximum size. Artificial lure colors didn’t seem to matter this week, as I heard reports of people catching them on everything from clear to bright colors. The sheepshead bite was good this week for anglers dabbling fiddler crabs around pilings and rocks in the Brunswick and Darien areas. I talked with an angler who fished the Jekyll Pier on Saturday and caught a handful of croakers on pieces of shrimp. For guide trip information, call Capt. Greg Hildreth at (912) 617-1980 or check out his website. Check with the Jekyll Island Fishing Center (912-635-3556) for the latest on the Jekyll Island Pier or St. Simons Bait & Tackle (912-634-1888) for the latest on the St. Simons Pier.
(Fishing report courtesy of Steve Schleiger, Region Supervisor and fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
Reservoir Fishing Reports Courtesy of Southern Fishing with Ken Sturdivant.
LAKE RUSSELL IS FULL 60’S
Bass fishing is fair. There are not a lot of anglers on the lake with hunting season going full tilt. With the water temperature dropping the fishing has slowed. If there are a couple of warm days in a row the fishing will pick up. Fish shallow wood where there are rocks close by as the sun on them. Use a ¼ or 3/8-ounce Stanley jig in the black and blue with a Zoom Salty Chunk in a green pumpkin. Fish this bait all around the wood and rocks. With a couple of warm days use the smaller ¼ ounce Rat T Trap in the chrome and black or a Shad Rap in the middle to back of the creeks where there are schools of baitfish. Use a crank bait or jerk bait around rip rap or laydowns and catch a few bigger largemouth. The bass are following the baitfish on the main lake and at the mouths of creeks and ditches. For these fish a drop shot or a jigging spoon; these will also be good lures to use as cold weather rolls around. Watch for some schooling activity and use the Zoom Super Fluke but this has been hit or miss at best.
CLARKS HILL IS DOWN .72 FEET 60’S
Bass fishing in fair. The fish are in transition to winter locations. Use the jerk baits like the Spro McStick and McStick 95 in natural shad patterns fished around bluff walls and points at the mouths of creeks; this can be a real productive deal. Use a 10-pound test Sunline fluorocarbon line. With the water is stained and the jerk bait bite goes away, slow roll a spinnerbait or the Scrounger. Use sonar to locate balls of bait. The 1/2-ounce size will catch an occasional larger fish but not as many. Small chunk rock will be the key to fishing these baits. Look for the larger patches along the bank and even around the smaller islands. Herring schools are popping up more and more across the lake along with schools of other bait fish. Continue to hit the channel side banks with Shad Raps and Glass Shad Raps. Also try the Minnow Rap. This bait swims like the blueback and will reach depths up to eleven feet. X Raps in Olive Green on the points and over the tops of the shallower grass mats are working well also. In Little River try spinner baits around the rocky islands and on the rip rap. Shad Raps in bright colors are best with the off colored waters. Bluff walls and mouths of creeks are the best areas to target.
LAKE OCONEE IS FULL 60’S
Bass fishing is fair. Use the Number 7 Shad Rap around docks. This has been the best producer over the past week. Start looking in the middle of the coves and creeks and find the coves with at least 5ft of water under them. Work the shad raps and contact the dock poles. Try a buzz bait later in the day. Work a white buzz bait down the sea walls and on the bridge riprap. A white spinner bait will also draw a few strikes on the rip rap when Georgia Power is pulling water. The bass have started to move into the coves and creeks all over the lake. Buzz baits fished along sea walls and around docks will produce the first hour of day light. Spinner baits in white/chartreuse have been productive fishing around the rip rap in the creeks. As the sun rises switch over to crank baits and fish them along the same rip rap and sea walls. Up the rivers look for fish on wood structure. Fish a soft plastic in dark color, a jig or a worm will work.
LAKE SINCLAIR IS DOWN 2.6 FEET 60’S
Bass fishing is fair. The water is cooling, and the bass are biting later in the day with a warmup. Stay down lake and use worms and jigs. Fish the humps and points halfway to the backs of the creeks. In the mouths of the main lake creeks try blue pumpkin Zoom mini lizards. Look for any warming water in the northwest cove’s later in the afternoons. Stay on the main lake with the drop shot and spoons and use the all-white buck tails. The ledges right off the main lake are still good locations to find a school of fish. But getting them to bite has been tough. Use a large jig with the Uncle Josh trailer and fish this bait just like a jigging spoon. The backs of the lower lake creeks are clear; use 1/2-ounce Stanley jig in black and blue Zoom pork imitation. Fish heavy bank cover and work baits dead slow all the way back to the boat.
LAKE JACKSON IS DOWN 5.9 FEET 60’S
Bass fishing is fair. The lake is down. The mid-morning bite seems to be the most productive. Worms and jigs are the favorites. Use the deep diving crank baits on points and deep ledges off the points. Wood will be the key here to find fish as the colder water are forcing them to hang tight. Suspending bass are located just of main lake or river points in 15 to 20 feet of water. Try the smaller Zoom lizard or a trick worm rigged Carolina style with a 3/16-ounce weight. Try to match the color of the water with the bait as this seems to be the most productive way to get that bite. All brush piles or stump beds that are holding fish need a good application of the crank bait.
MCDUFFIE PUBLIC FISHING AREA (More Info HERE)
- Water Temperature: <60 F
- Water Visibility: 22-48+ in
Bass: Bass are biting well in both shallow waters and in deeper waters near structures across the PFA. Fishing late in the afternoon in the shallows of Willow Lake, while for Bridge lake casting near the pumphouse and peninsulas on Bridge consistently yield good bites on black worms and shad look alike lures.
Bream: Bream bite has been slow, but nice sandwich-sized bream are being caught around the area. Fallen trees and docks on Clubhouse and Bream Buster are doing well, while working the dams on Bridge Lake has landed some nice bream. Pink and red worms are having the most success for bait.
Channel Catfish: Catfish bite has picked up across the area. It has especially increased in Jones, Bridge, and Beaver Lodge Lakes due to recent catchable stockings. Best bets are chicken liver and the usual stink baits in the deeper waters.
Striped Bass: Striped bass bites have been slower. No recent reports of striped bass being caught in either Bridge or Clubhouse Lakes
(Fishing report courtesy of Hunter Roop, fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
LAKE ALLATOONA IS DOWN 3.7 FEET, 60S (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, via www.southernfishing.com) —
Bass: Bass fishing is fair. The water temperatures are falling and the fish are feeding up. There was some surface activity and a mixed bag of spots largemouth and a lineside. Even though fish can come up at any time watch the Fish and Game Forecaster and be ready as these periods come up. Baits like the Whopper Plopper and Zara Spook work best. Long casts and boat placement are the keys. Try a mix of baits between top water and jerk baits. Jerk baits are very productive this time of year. If that style fishing us not working use a Picasso jig or a Picasso Ned rig and a Roboworm Ned Worm in Aarons magic color. Look for areas with big rock and work the bait slow for best results. Best areas are around Iron Hill to Illinois Creek.
Crappie (Report courtesy of Carters Lake Guide Service) Strategy: Find the bait, find the fish. Long-line trolled Red Rooster Custom Baits crappie jigs 40ft behind the boat.
Bass: (This fishing report courtesy of Rocky PFA manager Dennis Shiley): In a ABA Division 125 Tournament last Saturday on Carters Lake, 38 anglers battled some cool weather and gusty winds to fish for the largest string of 5 bass at the end of the day. As an avid fisherman myself and tournament angler I decided to jump into the mix to see if I could get some points for the national standing in the ABA Fishing Tour. Honestly, Carters is not my style of fishing, I’m more of a shallow water fisherman and living 30 minutes from the lake and not fishing there was really ok for me. I have fished there a few times in the past but really never understood why anyone would get excited at fishing 50 to 80 ft deep.
I took it all in stride and put in some practice days and here is what I can tell you. Carters is probably more of a boogie man than I made it out to be for the last 6 years to make myself go elsewhere. The water temperature was hanging around 57 and the shad were schooled up on creek edges in 50 to 60 feet of water during the early mornings and would really bunch up for the munch fest in the afternoons in 40 to 50 feet of water. The movement to look for this time of year is the shad on the bottom early in the day which will be slow fishing, but as soon as those school lift and make the subtle move to shallower water (in the case of Carter’s 40 was shallow), you can use your electronics to see the bass start to push them and then it’s just a matter of dropping a jigging spoon on them.
I can guarantee you, there were a lot of fish caught early on jerk baits and people reported catching them all day throwing a jerk bait. Personally I just like to chase the shad this time of year and if you’re lucky, you should even be able to catch a couple of the Stripers while you’re spoon feeding the spotted bass. Just use your electronics to find them and then start working them over. Good Luck!
Stripers: (Report courtesy of Carters Lake Guide Service) — Strategy: Find the bait, find the fish. We pulled planer boards, down-lines and free-lines with live bait.
LAKE HARTWELL IS FULL, 60’S (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, via www.southernfishing.com) —Bass: Bass fishing is fair. The fish are biting on main lake creek ledges and in the mouth of the creeks. Rapala DT6 in the bream pattern crank bait is fair. Use light line to get the baits deep. Use the Texas or Carolina rigged worms in Zoom red shad or gourd green and use the brass and glass weight for extra sound. Work all slow lures all the way back to the boat on the points and ledges. Up river in the creeks mouths slow roll a 1/2 ounce Stanley spinner bait with gold and silver willow leaf blades. Later each day the fish are moving to river points. Later in the day and use the Lucky Craft Redemption spinner bait in the 3/8 ounce size with the shad head. Big bass will feed in the middle of the day. Have a Zoom pearl Super fluke ready all day.
WEISS LAKE IS AT 3 FEET 7 INCHES BELOW FULL POOL AND CLEAR AND 53-55 DEGREES (This report is by Mark Collins Service www.markcollins service.com 256 779 3387) —
Bass: Bass fishing is fair and a lot of fish have moved shallow as the water cools. Fish are showing up on secondary points, humps, road beds and sand bars. Rat L Traps. Use flat sided crank baits and spinner baits are catching fish.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is good and they are still on the deeper brush. A lot are showing up on the creek and river channel ledges, 12 to 20 feet deep. Spider rigging with live minnows and jigs over brush and stumps is the way to catch fish in the fall. A few Crappie are still being caught shooting docks with jigs. Some fish are starting to suspend in the river channel in Little River and can be caught long line trolling with Jiffy Jigs.
Catfish: Catfish are biting good in the bays and creeks in 8 to 15 feet of water. Cut bait is working best.
WEST POINT LAKE IS DOWN 2.7 FEET CLEAR 60S (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, via www.southernfishing.com)
Bass: Bass fishing is fair. Fish are in the creek channels and expect the bass to be no further back in the creeks and coves past the secondary points. The docks in the creeks mid lake are good and find the road beds in the creeks also. Some good quality bass are coming of the rip rap. Spoons and jigs are best and concentrate on the ledges on the old creek bends. A ½ ounce Flex It spoon on heavy 14 pound Sufix Elite line and a heavy action bait casting rod is the right rigging. Add an all black jig and use the Uncle Josh all black eel and drag this bait on the same bait casting rig on and over these locations. Mid lake is the best area because the creeks are stained. Be sure to find the shad schools in the coves and creeks.
LAKE LANIER IS FULL, CLEAR 60S (This report courtesy of Ken Sturdivant, via www.southernfishing.com)
Bass: (This report courtesy of Lanier bass fishing guide Phil Johnson Pjohnson15@hotmail.com 770 366 8845) — Bass fishing on Lake Lanier is good. The early winter movement of the bass is on now. The turnover is starting to finish up and the water temperature is dropping. This combination has the fish moving in both directions and making multiple baits work. There is a shallow bite especially during the first two hours on rocky points and banks. A Rapala DT6 crankbait banged through the rocks will draw these shallow bites. Also a worm on a three sixteenths Spotsticker will work well in the same areas. Shallow docks are also a prime spot now for the worm or jig bite. As the sun gets higher it is time to check the deeper water areas. Standing timber and ditches are beginning to hold fish so a Georgia Blade half ounce spoon is a great way to target the fish you see in these areas. The other key bait we have been using this week is the Spot Choker underspin worked very slowly through these areas. I’ve been using either a pearl white Fluke Junior or Super Fluke on this setup. I have been really impressed with the number of fish I can catch before I have to change Flukes on the Spot Choker. The key to catching the deeper fish is to utilize your electronics to find the shad and target the fish. The shad are not grouped everywhere right now so you will have to do some searching as they tend to move around. We have also caught some good stripers with the spoon in the deeper water. Right now you can catch fish as deep as fifty feet. The drop shot in the deeper brush has also produced fish this week. The Blue Lily, Prism Shad and Morning Dawn have been the most consistent colors for the week. I do recommend going to at least a quarter ounce to three eights ounce weight to get to these deep fish. It can be important to get the bait down quickly on the fish you see and it helps during windy conditions. As you can see there are fish from the dirt to fifty feet currently so be flexible to using different patterns and depths to find what is working best each day. They are biting so Go Catch ‘Em!
GON-tel: Lanier Jim masters the deep bite with the bait and switch!
Crappie: (This Lake Lanier Crappie report is by Call Captain Josh Thornton to book a trip 770 530 6493) — Crappie Fishing is excellent! The water temperature is in the mid to upper 50s. The jigs I had success with this week are the transparent white and orange and a green hair jig. Crappie can still be found on deep water brush we have found large crappie at 20-25’ deep on brush and we are getting large numbers but smaller fish on docks holding in 10-15’ of water. Use your electronics locate structure or bush piles. Crappie love the shade so cast into the shadows. When dock shooting the biggest fish are usually the first to bite. Let your jig sink and give it time to get down to the fish and retrieve your jig slowly. I’m using ATX lure companies plastics I use 5 pound test high visibility yellow k9 braid for my line (unless I am using a bobber) and a Piscifun reel on a Acc crappie Stix. I use Garmin Live Scope and the Navionics Boating app Find me on Facebook and like my pages @crappieonlanier & @fishingwitheverydayheroes
Striper: (This report courtesy of Captain Mack Farr) — Striper fishing is good, but inconsistent. The high pressure days that we had last week took the edge off of the bite, and the fish were finicky once you found them. The fish are also scattered, with anglers reporting catches from the rivers, to the dam, and all in between, Overall, I think the afternoons offer the best bite. Live baits on down lines and free lines are a strong overall pattern, both are viable methods depending on weather and time of day. On these high blue days I mentioned in the opening paragraph, down lines have been the best producer, specially once the sun gets up. Much of the bait will tend to move out over a deeper bottom as the day progresses, expect the fish to follow. Look for the Stripers to be over channels, in channel swings, or anywhere you find bait. Earlier in the day the fish may more oriented to points and humps, or gravitate more to the pockets and coves. Use the free lines and down lines in conjunction, and adjust your depth for each situation. Keeping a Mini Mack in the spread, as a down line or behind a planer will account for some extra bites. Adjust the depth of the Mini, based on where you see the greatest activity, basically treating it like a live bait. .5 mph is all the speed you need to keep the grubs swimming and the blades turning on the Mini.Fishing Gizzard Shad and Trout on the free lines and planers is becoming a very good pattern as expected at this point in the year. It is still somewhat of a random pattern, but targeting structures early, humps and points should produce some activity. Later in the day, try fishing over the channels, channel swings, and areas with bait concentrations. The topwater/casting bite is still there, again more sporadic and influenced by weather recently, but blind casting to humps and points will get you some bites. Swim baits, walking baits, and OG’s, Mini’s and Flukes are all good choices, popping baits if you get a little wind to help you out. Casting the Mini Macks are also a very good choice for this method. Run and gun is the key, as this is very much a high saturation technique.
Striper Activity: (This report courtesy of Lanier fishing guide Phil Johnson Pjohnson15@hotmail.com 770 366 8845) — Striper fishing is up and down. The fish are scattered lake wide and can be found from the Dam to Clarks Bridge and from the main lake channel to the back of the creeks. There is a considerable amount of bait hanging out at the 40 to 50 foot level on the south end of the lake. Check the areas with the greatest concentration of bait and deploy the down rods are they show up. There are a good number of schooling fish moving on the north end of the lake which can be found primarily from the lake channel to mid way back into the creeks. These fish are moving and spend time with the Lowrance finding them. Pull umbrella rigs and set them at 120 feet back and pull at 2.8 to 3.0 MPH. Focus on a depth of 30 to 60 feet.
Fall Topwater Bite: Prepping for the fall topwater bite on Lanier? Check out this run-and-gun approach Captain Mack uses on Lanier to put some nice fish in the boat in the coming weeks. And keep an eye out for the birds as cold fronts continue to push into the area.
Hooch (This report courtesy of River through Atlanta owner and fishing guide Chris Scalley) The rainbows and occasional brown were biting good at Jones Bridge on Thursday this week. The low water clarity that occurs each fall gives anglers an opportunity to fish with less emphasis on stealth and more emphasis on presentation of larger, gaudier flies and traditional tackle to entice hungry trout. Scalley suggests ““worms, eggs, Y2K’s, lightning bugs and smaller streamers can be a great way to bring fish to hand.” You can’t go wrong with a variety of in-line spinners as well such as roosters, Blue Fox, Lil Cleos, and Panther Martins. Come Christmas, the river will return to its crystal clear state, and the heron-like approach will become a must once again.
(Fishing report courtesy of Emilia Omerberg, fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
Some big fish are being caught in Lake Blackshear right now! Striped bass usually average around 18 inched but the occasional 20 pounder is pulled out of the lake the one shown below. Using a freeline or downline with a live threadfin shad should get you some bites. You can also try casting on the topwater to target feeding fish or use the tried and trolling method with a white or Silver jig. As far as location goes try fishing Swift Creek east of Highway 300 and at the lower end of the main reservoir.
SILVER LAKE PUBLIC FISHING AREA (More Info HERE)
Water temperatures are in the low 60’s across the area. Cool temps are sending bass into feeding mode to put on weight before the winter months. Anything with a shad or bluegill pattern are proving to be effective in deep structure. Keep looking for those big female bass in Panic Pond which is now open Saturday through Monday. Frog Pond is still boasting some big Catfish that can be caught using any smelly bait.
Bass fishing at lake Seminole is still good. The bass are spread out and are being caught at a variety of locations and at many depths so its just a matter of choosing the right lure. Guides in the area say the crank bait might be the best option. The best action has been in shallow water off the edge of grass beds but jigs in 6 to 12 feet of water are also getting some action. For shallow water use a top water frog in green pumpkin pearl but when the sun comes our change up your tactic. Use a flipping frog in and blue and bounce it along the edges of the lily pads and grass matts at the opening of pockets.
LAKE WALTER F GEORGE
As the temperature continues to drop the shallow bite is going to slow down but for now its still a good bet! The early morning grass bite has been reliable but peters out mid morning. Shallow ledges and secondary points are producing well with the use of a mid range crank bait in 4 to 8 feet of water. If the crank bait does not produce use a Carolina rig in the same spot. You can also try fishing the very backs of creeks and pockets with spinner baits and a shallow crank bait. The main thing to be aware of is that any luge in a shade color or pattern is going to be your best friend.