Lake Seminole Fishing Report – April 2022
Seminole: Level: 0.6 feet above 77.5.
Bass: Guide Paul Tyre reports, “The bass fishing has been awesome through the month of March. As we enter into April, the bass will be moving into their postspawn patterns. April is a excellent month for topwater lures. A buzzbait is my first choice because it is very productive at covering water to find the active areas holding bass. I prefer a War Eagle buzzbait in chartreuse and white fished over and along the grasslines on the main lake. My second choice is a Rebel Pop-R fished along the grasslines. The Pop-R has a unique sound that will draw some explosive strikes.”
Guide Aaron Crews reports, “The bass bedded heavy on the full moon in March. There will still be bedding bass on the new and full moons in April on main-lake sandbars. The new moon is April 1, and the full moon is April 16. The bass will be hitting lures hard. Lake Seminole Outdoors has a good supply of A.C. Shiners. These are hard to find. The waiting list to get an order is typically a year as they are handmade. This jerkbait has long been a well-kept secret of the older pro fishermen. Bass will be on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. I prefer buzzbaits that have clackers in white or white and chartreuse in color. As for spinnerbaits, I use a 1/2-oz. Nichols in crystal for clear with double willows, a 1/2-oz. chartreuse with double chartreuse willows in stained. As for the ultra clear water, I use a 1/4-3/8-oz. black spinnerbait with small twin cooper Colorado blades. I use Rat-L-Traps in blue/chrome for clear water and Texas red color in stained. I use a ChatterBait JackHammer in black and blue or white as a search bait. When I get bass to hit, I mark the spot and start fishing the area in a more thorough manner. If the area has a good wall of hydrilla, I’ll use a glide bait fished near the wall of grass so the bass will trap it against the grass when they hit. I also use speed worms in junebug as a search bait. For worm fishing, I use Texas-rigged lizards in junebug or green pumpkin or worms in clear purple flake. I also Texas rig lizards this time of year. The frog bite is best with a Zoom Horny Toad. I use white, black, green pumpkin, junebug and brown.”
Multiple Species: Guide Aaron Crews reports, “Crappie are in 4 to 10 feet of water on jigs and minnows. I use 2- to 6-lb. line in Trilene green. Stripers and hybrids are following schools of baitfish. They can be caught on shallow shad-pattern crankbaits or a blue/chrome black-back Rat-L-Trap. You can also troll a three-way swivel rigged with a small spoon on a 3-foot leader and a grub on a 1/4-oz. jig parallel to the grassline. Catfish are in 5 to 10 feet of water on wigglers, red worms or cutbait. The rules for noodles, jugs, gill nets and trotlines are different in Georgia and Florida, so you must consult DNR regulations for each state. There are a lot of fisherman who love to eat jackfish. They are biting now on small spinnerbaits, Beetle Spins and small spoons. Panfish will begin to move up to bed. You’ll be able to catch shellcracker, redbreast and bluegill on crickets and red wigglers. Flyrod fishermen should start catching fish this month.”
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