Bass fishing is really heating up on power plant lakes. We have four power plant lakes in our area: Martin Creek, Brandy Branch, Lake Fairfield and Striker.
Lake Striker is unpredictable – some days the plant is running, but not on other days. Bass in the hot water area tend to be small, so I very seldom fish this lake in the winter.
I understand that the bass fishing on Lake Fairfield never has recovered from the fish die-off a few years ago, but Martin Creek and Brandy Branch are producing a lot of bass.
If I’m fishing for numbers of bass I go to Martin Creek. Your chances of catching big bass are best on Brandy Branch. Both lakes fish differently.
On Martin Creek you will find a lot of flooded brush in about five feet deep. There are also numerous flooded reed beds.
Last Wednesday I found one place in the hot water discharge area that was loaded with bass. During the morning I caught bass on a KVD square bill crawfish crank bait. This bait runs about 3 to 4 feet deep. I targeted the flat sandy areas mostly. Whenever I wanted to slow down I would switch to a Shakey Head with a Watermelon Candy, Zoom Trick worm. I was using a 1/8 oz. jig head on a spinning reel loaded with 10-pound line.
That afternoon I talked to two other fishermen who were fishing the cut through area that separates the cold water from the hot. These two fishermen had caught 20 bass fishing a chrome/blue back Rattle Trap. They positioned their boat in about 12 feet and cast up to six feet. They kept the bait near the bottom by letting it sink and then pumping and swimming the bait back to the boat. They hadn’t caught any fish on soft plastics.