Lake Seminole Fishing Report August 2019
Seminole: Level: 0.3 feet below full. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Guide Paul Tyre reports, “With the recent weather and water conditions, Lake Seminole is at full pool, and the rainy and cloudy conditions dropped the water temperature down several degrees, which has the big bass looking up and feeding on the surface. On recent trips we have had some explosive strikes on a variety of topwater lures, from buzzbaits to frogs. The grass on Lake Seminole is healthy and is growing fast in areas that were devastated from Hurricane Michael this past October. As we move into August, a variety of lures should continue to produce. A buzzbait is a great topwater lure to be efficient in covering water to find active areas along the grasslines. One of my favorites is a Strike King Pro Model buzzbait in white 3/8-oz. This lure has an extremely sharp hook and a unique sound that drives the bass crazy. A hollow-belly frog is a bait that has been producing for our customers all summer. There are a lot of hollow-belly frogs on the market today, and one of my favorites is a Spro Bronzeye 65 for its durability, action and the strong Gamakatsu EWG Double Frog Hook that can stand up to a big rod and heavy braided line, which you need to get big bass out of the grass on Lake Seminole. My choice for a super line is Cortland Master Braid in 65-lb. test. I have found that Cortland Master Braid stays true maintaining its strength, low stretch and color, cast after cast and day after day on the water.”
Guide Aaron Crews reports, “For bass around panfish beds, fish with a light line and a split-shot with a plastic worm or either a light Carolinas rig, and fish slowly. Good colors are watermelon red flake, green pumpkin or smoking purple. Topwater milk-run lures are an A.C. Shiner with a tail spinner in a shad color and a Don Iovino Splash It in clown. At night, fish a black Jitterbug. The new Rapala Lighted Marker Buoy will help you hold a grassline. You can also fish a black 9- to 12-inch worm at night on a light weight with a rattle in it. As for crankbaits, I recommend a lavender shad DD22 on ledges or DD15 on oak tree tops on the edges of creek channels. Mayfly hatches will happen on new and full moons three days before and after. This will be great pattern for fly fishermen and topwater for bass. Also fish a Bang-O-Lure. Good search baits for the bass on grasslines are blue/chrome or bass-colored Rat-L-Traps. Yes, bass feed on small bass.”
Multiple Species: Guide Aaron Crews reports, “Panfish are bedding. They are on crickets and wigglers. The catfish are on worms and cutbait. Crappie are on deep weedlines on Beetle Spins, as well as deep structure for the larger crappie. They are on minnows. White bass can be found schooling and can be taken on spoons, small blue/chrome Rat-L-Traps and Rooster Tails. For stripers and hybrids, fish flutter spoons and blue/chrome Rat-L-Traps.
Bream: Guide Paul Tyre reports, “The bream fishing has been great this summer on Lake Seminole with some bream still bedding and being caught on red wigglers and by pitching crickets along the grasslines on the Flint and Chattahoochee river arms of the lake. We have seen limits crossing the docks at Mac’s Point Lodge and Marina, formerly known as Wingate’s Lunker Lodge.”
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