Black Bass: This is the time of year when bass are holding to some type of cover because of the cold-water temperatures. Boat docks are good areas to catch bass using jogs, plastic worms and by slow rolling spinner baits. Also, a great pattern to fish is to cast medium diving crank baits along any of the rock structures on the lake, such as bridges, breakwaters and even old unused boat ramps.
Crappie: This is one of the best times of year to catch a good mess of crappie. Now that the water temperature is in the mid 50’s they will often school up in good numbers making it easy to get some fast action at times. I like to fish minnows around bridge pilings, deep boat docks and brush in 18’ – 30’ of water.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: Hybrids usually can be found at this time south of the 1097 Bridge to the dam in 20’ – 35’ of water. I like to use ¾ oz. slab spoons bounced along the bottom over main lake humps and points. Also, I like to troll small pet spoons behind deep diving crank baits to locate and catch these fish. Move from one location to another looking for baitfish because these fish will always be nearby.
Catfish: Catfishing during this time of year can be by baiting up areas under the 1097 Bridge and along river and creek channels in about 20’ or so. Use dip baits, shrimp or chicken liver and you should have some good fast action in catching these fish. The best thing about this time of year is that you don’t catch very many undersized catfish as in the summer months.