West Point Lake Fishing Report – Feb. 11, 2024

Ronnie Garrison | February 12, 2024

GON writer Ronnie Garrison won the Feb. 11 Flint River Bass Club tournament on West Point with a limit that included a 2.86-lb. largemouth.

Several bass fishing clubs competed at West Point Lake on Feb. 11. The lake level was at 630, 5 feet below full pool of 635, and the surface temperature of the water was 52 to 56 degrees. The lake remains stained. The river around the area of the causeways was heavily stained with visibility about a foot. Yellowjacket Creek was muddy with visibility of less than 6 inches, and Whitewater Creek had a heavy stain with visibility of about 16 inches.

Based on my Flint River Club tournament and a concurrent Georgia-Alabama Club tournaments on Feb. 11, the spotted bass are hitting good. I caught 13 keepers, but there was only one largemouth in the group, and I also caught five short spots. I won the Flint River club tournament with five weighing 9.11 pounds and had big fish with my one largemouth that weighed 2.84 pounds.

First thing in the morning, in the rain, I got eight hits on a 1/2-oz. chartreuse spinnerbait with Colorado blades and a white Fat Albert grub trailer slow-rolled on clay and gravel banks. The first three keepers slammed it while it was raining, and I landed all three. As it got lighter and the rain stopped, I lost or did not hook the next five on the same bait, although they hit hard. And I had a trailer hook on it!

I switched to a 3/16-oz. shaky head with a Bama Bug T Mac worm and landed eight keepers on gravel and rock banks and points from dirt shallow to about 6 feet deep. Then I tied on a 1/4-oz. black/blue Bitsy Bug jig with a blue-sapphire Zoom Creepy Crawler trailer and went to  wood cover, trying to find a largemouth. I did land the 2.84-lb. largemouth on it while fishing some rocks between two blowdowns. The tail tips of the plastics were dipped in chartreuse JJ’s Magic.

I got two bites on the jig in wood, an 8-inch spot and a 13-inch spot that did not help my limit.

I heard it took 11 pounds to win the Georgia-Alabama club tournament, and several other anglers had limits in the 10-lb. range, almost all spotted bass. I was told many caught fish on small crankbaits, and humps were good. Second place in my club had a limit weighing 7.48 pounds from humps with gravel by fishing a shaky head.

Club fishing seems to be on its way out, but I am struggling to keep Flint River club alive. Contact me if you are interested in joining a club. We welcome members with kids and let them fish with adult members in a concurrent youth tournament, no entry fee and competing only for prize packages.

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