Lake Sinclair Fishing Report – February 2020

GON Staff | January 29, 2020

Sinclair: Level: 1.4 feet low. Temp: The main lake is in the mid 50s but colder water can be found in the pockets and upriver.  Clarity: Muddy.

Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “Thanks to Eddie at Lakeside Chevron for this Sinclair report. The bass are still biting. It took over 18 pounds to win a club tournament Saturday, Jan. 25. There are several patterns working right now. Fishing Rat-L-Traps and Red Eye Shads over the grass is one pattern. Spinnerbaits with chartreuse and white turtleback blades is a really strong pattern. Trick Worms in junebug red and Ol’ Monster worms in emerald black and junebug is the final pattern working right now. Look for the pockets that are wind protected if the lake temps continue to fall. Bass will stay very tight to cover in extreme muddy conditions. In addition, the catfishing continues to be good to great using flat-tail worms.”

Crappie: Allan Brown reports, “Sinclair is on fire and only going to get better as we get into February. Trolling is putting slabs in the boat. Look for some warm weather to move fish into shallow flats in all the major creeks. As the water warms, troll jigs in backs of coves and creeks, varying jig weights and colors. Electronics are key to finding small ditches or humps. These are staging areas for the larger fish to move into as spawning time nears. Shooting docks produces fish, as well, especially if brush is present. A jig under a small float popped around brush, docks or rocks will produce fish, too. I prefer using a 1/32- or 1/24-oz. jig in dark colors when casting and popping a cork. When the cork settles, pop the rod tip. As the jig falls back, they usually take the bait. Sometime the bite is very light. Black, blue, black and red, green and yellow are always good color choices.”

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