West Point Lake Fishing Report October 2018
West Point: Level: 2.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Light stain.
Bass: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “October usually marks a big improvement in fishing in general. As the days start to get a little shorter and the temps cool, expect a drastic improvement in the bass fishing. As usual, a few largemouth and spotted bass are still being caught on deeper brushpiles, ledges and roadbeds in the main-lake area. Try big deep-diving crankbaits or Carolina-rigged worms. Also, drop-shotting can be effective in these areas. The best fishing is around brushpiles or other structure in these areas, if you can find them. Water generation always improves this bite. Downsize baits in these same areas and improve your chances for spotted bass. More fish will move shallow with cooler water temps, and this pattern should improve as the water cools and we move toward fall. Topwater baits such as Rebel Pop Rs, Zara Spooks and Spro Poppin Frogs will become more effective for shallow fish, especially around grass and weedbeds. Try targeting the mouths of feeder creeks north of the 219 bridge in the Chattahoochee. Also have a jig handy to pitch into wood cover in these same areas. Spotted bass are still your best bet on the south end of the lake. Spots are being caught by casting Spot Remover heads loaded with Zoom Shakey Head worms or just dragging a Carolina-rigged Zoom Finesse Worm or Mini Lizard around shoal markers. Also try a small Texas-rigged worm or a jig ’n pig around blowdown trees. Actively schooling groups of fish will also hit the Flash Mob Jr. rig, a personal favorite in the fall.”
Linesides: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “It has been a mostly disappointing summer in general for schooling topwater action on the main lake. I still expect surface schooling on the main lake at some point this fall. 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. Expect the downline bite on live bait to continue to improve as we move toward fall, with the best yet to come in late fall and early. Winter trolling with a crankbait/bucktail jig combo rig 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.”
Crappie: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “The West Point crappie will typically move shallower in October and hold on mid-depth brush and structure or under docks as the water temps drop into the low 70s or below. Try drop-shotting minnows or shooting docks in 5 to 15 feet of water for the best results. You can really do well if you 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. Some fish will start to move a little shallower as the water slowly cools, maybe by the end of the month. Minnows fished under a float will usually work on them, when you find them. Any blowdown near deep water is a good starting point. Night fishing is still pretty good. Try under the bridges with lights.”
Catfish: “Lots of channel catfish can be caught, and few anglers target them,” said Keith. “Live bait, cut bait and worms fished on the bottom will catch cats all over the lake, as long as fairly deep water is nearby. To target flatheads, go to a larger bait like a 4- to 5-inch bream or a large shiner, and fish deeper channels north of the 219 bridge. Increase the size of your rigs, as West Point flatheads in the 20- to 30-lb. range are fairly common.”
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