LAKE NACOGDOCHES —
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.
Jerry Miller can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org