Lake Seminole Fishing Report March 2017

GON Staff | March 1, 2017

Seminole: Level: Full pool. Temp: 63 degrees. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Tournament angler and guide Matt Baty reports, “Fair. The fish are spawning in pretty much all areas of the lake. Swim jigs and stick baits have been producing pretty well around sandbars and bedding areas. A 3/8-oz. Buddha Baits In-Seine swim jig in black and blue with a 4-inch Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in hematoma works really well through grass and lily pads that are near spawning flats and backwaters. A 6-inch Big Bite Trick Stick in green pumpkin is good for the sand. Buddha makes a rod that is a 7-foot, 3-inches, 3/4 heavy fast action, that is perfect for a swim jig. Make sure you use Sunline 60-lb. braid with the swim jig and 16 Sunline FC Sniper for the Trick Stick. A high-speed Lews Speed Spool with 8:3:1 heat ratio works well for the swim jig. As the weather continues to warm with highs in the 80s, look for the shad to start moving into the shallows and on the edges of the grass flats. Use your Lowrance DownScan to locate the best grass with balls of shad present, and then throw a shallow crankbait or a Buddha Blade. Also be looking for the new Elite Ti HDS 9 and 12 from Lowrance. These are gonna be the best touchscreen depthfinders for the best price that will be out this year.” Guide Aaron Crews reports, “The temperature is approaching 65 degrees in many areas of the lake and 70 in the shallow areas such as Spooner Fields, the Mule Lot in the duck refuge, and also the area between the carp gates at Spring Creek and Cypress Pond. When the dogwoods are in bloom, Desser Slough will have bedding bass. Bass should go on the bed on the full moon, three days before and three days after March 12. The lures for sight fishing bedding bass are Gitzits, lizards and worms. As bass move up, try a paddle-tail worm in junebug. A Colorado blade spinnerbait in chartreuse or white will be good. The bass are beginning to turn on.”

Crappie & Bream: Guide Aaron Crews reports, “The Seminole panfish will start to bed on the full and new moons in March. The bream will be on crickets and worms, and the crappie will be on minnows and jigs.”

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