West Point Lake Fishing Report – November 2023

GON Staff | October 25, 2023

West Point: Level: 6.2 feet below 635. North of the Highway 219 bride is pretty dangerous, so be careful. Temp: Mid to upper 60s. Clarity: Some areas have a tea or brownish tint.

Bass: Guide Keith Hudson reports, “With the nice cool down in October, expect a big improvement in the fishing as we move into November and bass begin to feed heavily. Some largemouth and spots are still being caught on deeper brushpiles, ledges and roadbeds in the main-lake area. Drop shotting can be very effective in these areas. Best fishing is around brushpiles or other structure in these areas. Water generation always improves this bite. Downsize baits in these same areas and improve your chances for spotted bass. Later in the month, more fish will move shallow with cooler water temps. This pattern should only get better as we move later into the fall. Shallow-water baits such as spinnerbaits, flukes and Whopper Ploppers will become more effective for these shallow fish. Look for schools of shad in the pockets to attract the fish. The lake is already down this year, so there won’t be much  to cast to as far as shallow cover goes, so any cover still in the water, such as submerged stumps, blowdowns and shallow brushpiles, can still hold a good fish. Spotted bass are still your best bet on the south end of the lake. Try long, tapering flats in 18 to 25 feet of water. Spots mixed with whites, hybrids and stripers can be caught by jigging CC spoons or on drop-shot rigs. Also, keep your eyes open for actively schooling groups of fish. They will crush the Flash Mob Jr. rig, either casting or trolling it through the schooling fish.”

Linesides: Guide Keith Hudson reports, “It has been a pretty good fall so far for schooling topwater action on the main lake. I expect surface schooling on the main lake  to continue to improve. These fish can generally be caught by casting  Rooster Tails, topwaters, popping-cork rigs and Storm Swim Shad lures into the schooling fish. Start early or stay late for the best results. Keep your eyes open for any bird activity. Gulls or loons can give away a school of active fish if you pay attention. Expect the deep downline bite on live bait  and spoons to continue to improve  as we move into fall, with the best yet to come in late fall and early winter, Try long, tapering flats in 18 to 25 feet of water. Whites, hybrids and stripers can be caught by vertical jigging CC spoons, as well. Trolling with the Flash Mob Jr. rig should also continue to be fairly effective. The mouth of the river at Yellow Jacket, the McGee Roadbed area and the long points across from the pumping stations normally hold fish this time of year. Some lone, big stripers normally show back up in the river in deep holes north of the 219 bridge in the fall. You probably won’t get many bites, but you may get a shot at a 20-lb.-plus fish. Cast big plugs like the Cordell Red Fin early, late or on a cloudy day or freeline a big shad or bream in the Ringer/Graysons Landing area. Be careful as water levels are already low.”

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Crappie: Guide Keith Hudson, “The fish will typically move up and hold on bridge pilings, mid-depth brushpiles or under docks as the water temps drop into the 60s or below. Try drop-shotting minnows or casting to or shooting docks in 5 to 15 feet of  water. You can really do well if you find one of these schools. Try the cuts and coves in Yellowjacket Creek and from Highland Marina north to Wolf Creek in the Chattahoochee. More fish will move into the cuts and coves as the water cools, especially by the end of the month. Minnows fished under a float will usually work when you find them. Any blowdown or brush has the potential to hold fish, with cover being the key. Night fishing under bridges with lights is still pretty good.”

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