West Point Lake Fishing Report – December 2022
West Point: Level: 4 feet below 635. Temp: Upper 50s. Clarity: The water has been pretty stable this winter, pretty much clear.
Bass: Guide Keith Hudson reports “Fair. December is typically a decent month for bass fishing, and the shallow bite for largemouth has remained OK so far this winter. The shallow bite could improve during the month, especially with stained water, higher than normal lake levels and water temps in the upper 50s. Baits such as Rat-L-Traps, Shad Raps, squarebill crankbaits and ChatterBaits are catching some of these shallower fish. Try to fish these baits in coves and pockets with small feeder creeks or around schools of shallow baitfish. Fish the open water in the pockets with a Flash Mob Jr. Keep a jig or shaky head handy to pitch around any wood cover. Fishing rip-rap can also produce good results this time of year, especially after a warm rain. Yellow Jacket and Whitewater creeks continue to produce. If it turns off cold and dry during the month, the water should remain clear. If it cools down into the low 50s or 40s, and the lake level should drop, expect big schools of spots, hybrids, white bass and stripers to be caught on jigging spoons and drop-shot rigs and shaky-head rigs on humps and drop-offs. Target deeper offshore structures like brushpiles and old roadbeds in 20 to 30 feet of water near the mouth of most major creeks for the best results.”
Linesides: Guide Keith Hudson reports “Good. The downline bite with shad or bass shiners has improved as the water has cooled off and begun to clear up. Freelining a live bait will also work at times. Most of the fish seem to be holding 20 to 30 feet deep when they are not nearer the surface. The fish are still moving around a good bit but should lock into a certain thermocline as the water cools. Expect the topwater fishing to be sporadic. It’s usually best very early and very late or on overcast or rainy days. Gulls and loons are here now, which makes it easier to pinpoint schooling stripers. Keep your eyes open, look for circling or diving birds. Trolling the Flash Mob Jr. has still been working on schooling, 1- to 3-lb. fish with an occasional bigger one mixed in. Casting a 3/8- or 1/2-oz. white Rooster Tail, a chrome C.C. Spoon and a number of other small shad imitators has also been producing, and the colder it gets, the better the fishing usually is (within reason of course). Also, as the water cools, a bucktail jig or Fish Head Spin becomes very effective, as well. The mouths of most creeks from Yellow Jacket/Half Moon area all the way to the dam and in Maple Creek have been holding fish. Trolling with mid-depth crankbaits and the Flash Mob Jr. continues to produce some linesides in these same areas.”
Crappie: Fair. Keith Hudson reports “Try tightlining with minnows or a 1/16-oz. or smaller jig around bridge pilings, brushpiles and blowdowns in 6 to 15 feet of water. Concentrate on trees and brush close to creek channels. Pitching or shooting docks with small tube or feather jigs around or under the dock will produce this time of year. Bridge pilings also hold fish. Yellow Jacket, Wehadkee and Whitewater are still producing some crappie. Spider trolling usually starts soon and can be very effective. If December turns unusually warm and wet, the crappie can show back up surprisingly shallow very quickly and can be caught by shoreline anglers!”
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