West Point Lake Fishing Reports – August 2020

GON Staff | July 30, 2020

West Point: Level: 0.4 feet above full pool. Temp: Upper 80s. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Guide Keith Hudson reports, “August is usually a tough month for bass fishing on most lakes. There are a few patterns that can still produce. Try pitching jigs or Texas-rigged worms around blowdown trees or under boat docks. This pattern seems to work best when the sun is out. The fish like the shade and coverage just like we do. Old roadbeds and pond dams, especially those with cover or man-made brushpiles, can produce some good West Point bass in the late summer. Try big diving crankbaits or Ol’ Monster worms dragged through the thickest cover you can find. Some decent fish can still  be caught above the 219 bridge in the Chattahoochee by fishing the grassbeds, especially if the lake remains full. Try a frog-style bait or a jig around thick cover or aquatic grasses.”

Linesides: Guide Keith Hudson reports, “I am expecting a really good topwater bite this summer for West Point hybrids and stripers because of all the newly hatched shad. Have a popping cork ready, and watch for schools of fish on the surface. If we have a tropical depression come through, they usually go nuts on top. Trolling big plugs with a bucktail in front, especially in the late afternoons during periods of water generation, can be very effective.”
Crappie: Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Good catches of crappie should continue even during the heat of August. Most people kind of forget about them this time of year, but the guys who do their homework, putting out brushpiles and downlining with live minnows in the thick brush, do very well on West Point crappie. Another pattern that works is shooting docks or pitching to docks. Crappie like the shade, and often a single dock can produce a limit of fish. Also, night fishing is normally very good during the summer months, and it keeps you out of the heat.”

Catfish: Guide Keith Hudson said, “Catfish provide a steady bite all summer. Try using live worms, cut bait and chicken liver fished on bottom. Jug fishing is also really productive and a fun way to get the whole family involved. Best of all, catfish are really tasty!”

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