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Lake Jackson Fishing Report January 2019

GON Staff | December 23, 2018

Jackson: Level: Full. Temp: 45-50 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament angler Brian Lee reports, “The winter drawdown has come and gone. The lake was fishing like it use to when the lake was low and muddy. January can be very productive, but it can also be very tough. Cranking shallow water is generally the ideal pattern for this month, but it can be a very tough bite to get. Look for fish in the 8- to 15-foot depth as the fish have had time to bunch up on humps and rocky points. Don’t abandon the shallow-water crankbait bite. You can still catch them, but you may just have to cover more water. Color choices will be determined by water color. Ideal locations are rocky banks close to deep water, and adding wood to these areas will better your chances. Fish a Shad Rap and a Bandit 300 in shad/crawfish patterns. Docks on these banks are ideal locations to flip a black/blue jig in dirty water or a green pumpkin in clear water. Deep fish can be caught on a Fish Head Spin or a Hopkins jigging spoon. Don’t waste your time on these fish if there’s no bait present. You’ll have to rely on your electronics to find these deeper schools. Bundle up, as it can be cold this month, but the fishing can be on fire.”

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