Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 3, 2014

Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

A Good Day of Fishing on Lake Nacogdoches

Jerry Miller
Jacksonville Daily Progress

LAKE NACOGDOCHES —

There is nothing like starting your day off by catching a six-and-a-half pound bass! That’s what happened to Robert Sadler over a week ago on Lake Nacogdoches.

Robert and I had just started to fish about 6:30 a.m. that morning on a small point near a shallow main lake pocket. I had just caught two small bass on a spinner in about five feet of water.

On our next two casts we kept getting bumps but no hook ups. I assumed that it might be crappie bites, so Robert picked up his rod that had a white Road Runner® and cast to the same area. That’s when he hung the big bass. It took several minutes to land the bass because he was fishing with light line.

I’ve seen this happen before on this lake. For some reason big bass will often strike a small Road Runner® during the post-spawn period. Big bass tend to be more cautious at times and a small offering often will trigger a strike. This was Robert’s first bass of the day – a good start to any fishing trip.

A short time later we began fishing a big flat bordered by a creek in the mouth of a spawning cove. The bass were bunched up on the edge of shallow grass. We caught about eight bass in that area on a Texas rig watermelon, red Zoom lizard. The bass were aggressive, so we moved quickly down the bank.

Later that morning we motored up to the north end and began fishing the grass and brush near the edge of a creek. We landed three bass on a 1/2 oz. Nichols’ Blue Shad spinner bait. That area was a big flat situated just out from a creek bend.

The next area we fished was on the west bank. This area was loaded with cover including stumps, logs, buck brush, lily pads and some hydrilla.

Robert was casting into open pockets next to the bank, and I was fishing the outside grass line. All our bass caught in this area were on an orange, green flake Sienko.

These bass ranged from one to four pounds. Many strikes came instantly. The bass were hungry that day, and we both caught about a dozen bass each.

We were fishing during mid-week and only saw a few boats. The lake was stained in the upper end with a surface temperature of 65 degrees F to about 69 degrees F. A lot of bass were still spawning on the upper end. We also caught some post spawn bass. After lunch we found some more bass on the east bank in four feet of water around scattered hydrilla. These bass readily struck an orange, green flake Sienko.

The Sienko in an orange, green flake color has been a hot color in the spring for me. John Long introduced this color to me two years ago. I’ve seen him catch numerous bass on this color. He fishes the swim tail Sienko exclusively. It can be fished weightless with a 4/0 or 5/0 hook. I often add a 1/16 oz. bullet weight, especially on windy days.

When you fish for bedding bass you never know from day to day how they will react. One day they may be aggressive and the next day be very fickle. I prefer fishing for bass where there is lots of cover. It’s easier to locate the open or clean spots in the cover, and the bass are not as aware of your presence. By placing your bait exactly in their bed you will often get a reaction strike and catch a lot more fish.

Lake Nacogdoches is in real good shape. The lake is full and in many areas has a light growth of hydrilla. This means you can fish with any lure without bogging up in the grass. Some mid-lake coves have a lot of thick grass. The average bass we caught was about two pounds. We caught over 30 bass that day.

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Jerry Miller can be contacted at: gonefishing2@suddenlink.net