West Point Lake Fishing Report – November 2019

GON Staff | October 26, 2019

West Point: Level: 3.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 75-78 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “As the temps cool, expect a drastic improvement in the bass fishing. More fish will move shallow with the cooler water temps, and this pattern should only get better as the water level drops and we move into late fall. Topwater baits such as Rebel Pop-Rs, Zara Spooks and Zoom Super Flukes will become more effective for these shallow fish, especially around any remaining cover and ditch runs. Try targeting the mouths of feeder creeks north of the 219 bridge in the Chattahoochee. Also, many of the coves in the river just north and south of Highland Marina are holding some largemouth. Look for schools of baitfish, as this up your odds of being in a good area. On the south end of the lake (south of the 109 bridge), the spotted bass are still your best bet. Spots are being caught by dragging Spot Remover heads loaded with Zoom Shakey Head worms, or try casting Zara Spooks and spinnerbaits around shoal markers. Also try a small Texas-rigged worm or a jig ’n pig around blowdown trees, especially those near deeper water. Drop-shotting also works well at times, especially if the water cools down quickly. Try old roadbeds. Actively schooling groups of fish in open water will also hit the Flash Mob Jr. rig, a personal favorite in the fall.”

Linesides: Guide Keith Hudson reports, “I expect surface schooling on the main lake to continue into this fall and winter. These fish can generally be caught on Rooster Tails, topwaters, popping cork rigs and Storm Swim Shad lures. Start early or stay late for the best results. Try the flats across from the pumping stations. Expect the downline bite on live bait to continue to improve as we move into fall, with the best yet to come in late fall and early winter. Trolling mid-depth crankbaits should also continue to be fairly effective. Try old faithful areas like the Railroad Trestle hump and the humps out from Amity Park for good results. During some years by late November the spoon bite turns on, as well. This tactic normally depends on us getting some cold weather to really bunch the fish up.”

Crappie: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “The fish will typically move shallower and hold on shallow to mid-depth brush and structure or under docks as the water temps drop into the 70s and below. Any blowdown is a good starting point. Minnows fished under a float will usually work on these fish when you find them. Also you can try drop-shotting minnows or shooting docks in 5 to 10 feet of water for good results, as well. You can really do well this time of year if you do find one of these schools. Try the cuts and coves in Yellow Jacket Creek and from Highland Marina north to Wolf Creek in the Chattahoochee. Also, know that some rain and a little stain to the water would help the crappie-fishing bite tremendously.”

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