Black Bass: April is the time of year where a good number of bass will still be in their spawn. Plastic worms and lizards are good bait choices fished in the backs of protected coves in 1’ – 5’ of water. Spinner baits and shallow running crank baits are other good bass catching baits as well. Another pattern to try is to fish main lake points. Two years ago the winner of the major bass tournament on our lake fished a point in 8’ – 12’ of water and won with a jig.
Crappie: Since the spawn is over now, most of the crappie will have moved out to deeper water and can be caught around key areas such as bridge pilings, timber and brush piles in 12’ – 20’ depths. Jigs and minnows are your best baits during this time.
Hybrid Striped Bass: These fish can be found on most of the main lake humps and points south of the 1097 Bridge in 15’ – 30’ depths. Trolling small pet spoons or jigging slab spoons near the bottom are good patterns to use in catching these fish. Also, using live shad or minnows can be very effective at times. White bass are starting to show up a bit more, so be sure to know how to tell the difference between the two.
Catfish: There are two different ways of catching cats at this time of year. One is by baiting up an area along the river or creek channel with milo or range cubes and fishing along the bottom with either dip baits or shrimp. The other is to use shad or minnows under a bobber and fished along bulkheads. They move shallow during this time of year feeding on shad that are spawning. This type of fishing for cats is best during the morning hours.