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Lake Sinclair Fishing Report February 2009

GON Staff | January 27, 2009

Sinclair: Level: 0.7 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 40s. Clarity: Slight stain.

Bass:
Fair. “In February, everything depends on the weather,” said David Lowery. “Those fish move as fast as anywhere I’ve seen. A few warm days and they’ll be up on the banks in a foot of water.” David said to fish a jig or a shaky head on docks or seawalls in the 10-foot range and to move shallower as the water warms. He likes a 1/4- or 3/8-oz. All Terrain jig depending on what depth he’s fishing and how fast he wants it to fall. Good colors are black/blue and black/brown/amber. He threads a dark-colored Trick Worm on his shaky heads. If the fish move up onto some of the deeper seawalls, a Lucky Craft jerkbait can catch fish. In stained water, he likes firetiger. In muddy water, he’ll throw a shad-colored jerkbait. If it’s cold, and the fish are still deep, try throwing crankbaits on the points. A Norman’s Deep Little N, a Shad Rap or a Rat-L-Trap should do the trick. Late in the month, it’ll be time to start chunking a spinnerbait, David said.

Crappie:
Good. The crappie should be moving into prespawn patterns along the creek channels adjacent to spawning flats this month. Try trolling jigs 10 to 12 feet deep in 18- to 25-foot depths. Good areas are Rooty Creek, Crooked Creek and Nancy Branch. See page 40 for Jamie Moore’s tactics for catching slabs on Sinclair.

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