Lake Russell Fishing Report – February 2019

GON Staff | January 25, 2019

Russell: Level: 0.3 feet above full pool. Temp: Low 50s and dropping. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The water is finally clearing up on most the lake, and the temperature is dropping with the cooler weather coming in. The bass are really starting to bunch up with the baitfish and are feeding heavily a couple of times throughout the day. We are catching most of the fish in 35 to 45 feet of water on drop shots and jigging spoons. The key right now is to find the bait, and look for active schools of bass around them. As we head into February, the fishing really depends on the weather patterns. If we get several days of warm weather, the fish will begin to migrate to the ditches leading into spawning areas. If it stays cold, expect the fish to hang around the deeper water especially in areas with timber and bait.”

Guide Jerry Kotal reports, “The bass fishing on Lake Russell has been scattered. There are bass both shallow and deep. The bass that are shallow are on points 10 to 15 feet deep. We’re catching them on a Carolina rig with a green-pumpkin finesse worm. You can also catch bass shallow on shaky head with a green-pumpkin worm. They are also out deep 40 to 50 feet but are suspended in 15 to 20 feet of water. Deeper fish are biting a drop-shot with a watermelon finesse worm and darker color worms since the water is stained from all the rain. Don’t really expect much change going into February unless the water temp rises and water clears up.”

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