West Point Lake Fishing Report – October 2022
West Point: Level: 0.9 feet below 635. Temp: Mid 70s. Clarity: Fairly clear.
Bass: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Fall is finally here and with the first cool mornings comes the anticipation of the upcoming fall feeding frenzy that we have grown to expect. Bass can be found shallow again in the backs of coves feeding on schools of shad. Covering water with spinnerbaits, Flash Mob Jr. rigs, rattletraps and small crankbaits can be very effective. The best fishing is usually best north of the railroad trestle bridge in cuts and pockets with feeder creeks, especially if the water stays up. This year there seems to be a little better population of largemouth versus spotted bass. Fishing offshore on roadbeds, drop-offs and humps can be productive during October. Best fishing is around brushpiles or other structure in these areas, if you can find them. Water generation usually improves this bite. Downsize baits in these same areas and improve your chances for spotted bass. In some cooler years, by the end of October mixed fish are starting to school up on humps and drop-offs in 15 to 25 feet of water. You can weed through them for nice spotted bass with a spoon or drop-shot rig and can have a ball catching a few largemouth, whites, hybrids, stripers and even catfish when you find a big school in a feeding frenzy.”
Linesides: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Overall we had a pretty good summer for schooling topwater fish on the main lake. I expect surface schooling to continue to be good on the main lake this fall, as well. These fish can generally be caught on Roostertails, topwaters, popping-cork rigs and CC spoons. Start early or stay late or fish on overcast days for the best results. Some gulls usually show up to help you find them in October, so keep your eyes open! Expect the downline bite on live bait to continue to improve as we move toward fall. The colder the better. Trolling with the Flash Mob Jr. rigs should also continue to be fairly effective. Try areas like the flats across from the pump stations, the Railroad Trestle hump, the mouth of Yellow Jacket, Whitewater and Maple Creeks for good results. By the end of the month, vertical jigging a spoon can be a lot of fun for mixed fish of all sizes.”
Crappie: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “The fish will typically move a little shallower 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 active schools. Also blowdowns near deep water are good starting points. 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 even 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. Sometimes the fish can be found in the backs of pockets. Night fishing is still pretty good. Try under the bridges with lights.”
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