Lake Eufaula Fishing Report December 2011
Eufaula: Level: 2.9 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 60s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Good. Reed Montgomery reported some good action fishing lilly pads in Cowikee Creek recently. He and a client boated 20 fish, including a 5-pounder and several in the 2- to 3-lb. range. Reed said jigs were productive in the low-water conditions, especially for the bigger fish. “Try swimming a jig combo along pad and weed lines, or fish it far back in the openings found within the lilly pads,” he said. “Or try flipping or pitching a 3/8- to 3/4-oz. jig combo in colors of black and blue, brown on brown or in clear water pumpkinseed with green flakes. At times, a shad-imitation jig combo with colors of white on white will work just as well on Lake Eufaula. With the lake’s winter water level currently down, there are really very few weeds left visible for anglers to target. Weeds that normally grow in water less than 3 feet deep are now high and dry. Wood cover and rock cover, and even slight bottom irregularities found along or within lily pads will hold schools of bass. Or you can choose to fish along Lake Eufaula’s now very visible stump-filled flats, creek flats and main lake drop-offs or around islands. Also, any point with wood, weed and rock cover should be fished hard with a variety of lures, in many ways. Fish with lures like spinnerbaits right up in the lily pad fields, crankbaits along weed lines, plastic worms, lizards, tube baits or topwater lures in and around Eufaula’s lilly pads. Frog imitations are very weedless and one of the best lures in early winter around lily-pad fields. Eufaula also has loads of schooling bass in open-water situations that can now be fooled on jerkbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits and lipless lures. Keep a topwater bait rigged and ready.” See page 48 for an article with Eufaula legend Jackie Thompson.
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