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Old 08-20-2007, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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High land and Hill-Land reservoirs; Fall & Winter periods have similar characteristics deep water in the lower third of lake and main basin river channels. Was looking at a large high land reservoir map for one of our members and thought I would post this while the images are still fresh in this old mind.
If you read the In-Fisherman articles, the one statement that I always suggest is; start at the dam on fish the first major points. During the cold water periods the lower third of the lake will have the biggest population of adult bass. There are several reasons for this; available prey, warmer deep water with good DO levels to provide a comfort zone and compression zone to herd schools of bait fish over and trap the bait fish.
What is a compression zone? long under water points that drop off into the main river channels, under water islands the have saddles or benches connecting the islands and points near the river channels. major point and secondary primary point that have flats with rocky deep water breaks.
Lure should be prey fish profiles like soft plastics drop or slip shot, spider jigs, pig and jigs, structure spoons, tail spinners, blade baits, deep swim baits and deep crank baits, jerk baits and at time surface lures. Just about everything works once you locate the life zone and active bass.
You can use a tool like Google maps to take a look at the lake from a birds eye view and discover under water humps, and saddles connecting islands, then mark them onto your topo map. Once you see what the birds eye view of structure look like on the topo map, then use the map to locate other similar area's and confirm those with the satellite zoomed in to get good clarity.
If you have a good GPS unit with Navonics chip, you can pre load the way points and go the those spots and check them out, saving a lot of valuable fishing time.
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Ps; It would be a good time to post the Horizontal Jigging article Jared.
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Ps; It would be a good time to post the Horizontal Jigging article Jared.
Ok I will get it ready to post, Tom.
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Ps; It would be a good time to post the Horizontal Jigging article Jared.
Ok I will get it ready to post, Tom.
Thanks, hate to keep nagging you about that.
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Ok I will get it ready to post, Tom.
Thanks, hate to keep nagging you about that.
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Its ok Tom, nagging does me good or else I get so much on me I forget half of it hehe
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Here is a direct link to Toms pdf article about Horizontal Jigging.

https://www.thebassholes.com/articles...al-jigging.pdf

you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this article which, if not already installed and is needed, you can obtain <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/acroba...tml">here:</a>

(I intend to convert this article to html but it will take some time. I hope this will do for everyone for now)
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thought I would reactivate this thread, although it is a little early and more than likely summer to fall transition in September in most locations.
Pelagic baitfish like threadfin shad are starting to migrate into the creek arms as the day light period is getting shorter, the larger baitfish like herring and trout tend to move into current areas or river arm headwater areas. Moving baitfish means the bass are moving and setting up ambush zones along the bait migration routes.
This is almost as good as prespawn period for catching big bass, just not as easy because the bass are scattered more throughout the lake basin.
Everyone has their favorite lures and mine are; casting jigs, swimbaits, top water spook type lures and buzzers, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and spoons. I can go all day casting jigs and swimbaits this time of year and often do just that. However if I am not getting any action, then the other stuff gets pulled out. I also spend a lot of time looking for active bass with my sonar in locations where the bass should be; major points, secondary points, outside humps. channel breaks and isolated structure where the baitfish should be. Docks, heavy cover and most shoreline cover goes un fished because they are unproductive for me a very high percentage of the time during the fall transition period, unless the cover is wood and located on a migration route.
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I definitely can not wait for the baitfish to begin to migrate and the shallows to cool a bit.

Tom how would a beginner differentiate between a casting jig and a flipping jig?
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I definitely can not wait for the baitfish to begin to migrate and the shallows to cool a bit.

Tom how would a beginner differentiate between a casting jig and a flipping jig?
Take a look at the Horizontal jigging article reference earlier in this thread and the difference is shown; vertical jig for flipping and pitching verses casting jig with longer shank hook.
Think maybe a new jig article should be done with all the jigs discussed with photo's etc,
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This is another great thread, I thought needed to be brought back to life. I really like fishing the lower sections of our lake in the winter, seems like you will always have much better luck down towards the dam, when the water starts to get really cold. Great post Tom.
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thanks for the tip. have a tournament this weekend on a deeeep clear highland reservoir. may have to resort to this as they have forecast bluebird sky
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