Blackshear: Level: Full pool. Temp: 86-87 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Good. Stephen Birchfield reports, “You need four baits to have some fun catching Blackshear bass in August. The first lure I’m picking up is a hollow-bodied frog with a dark-colored bottom. Head into one of the creeks, and start throwing around shallow vegetation. Keep a Spook tied on, and watch out for ‘wolfpack’ bass cruising the shallows in less than 4 feet of water. You will see these small schools bust topwater for a couple seconds, and they will hit a Spook if you can get to them fast enough. Not a lot of size in these schools, but it is tons of fun. If the heat is just too much, wait for the nighttime bite. At night I’m fishing these same areas with the Spro BBZ-1 Rat in brown on a heavy-action rod with braid. Fish slowly around the outside of dock lights, and you are sure to find a couple nice Blackshear bass. You don’t want to throw into the light with the rat. Focus more on making this bait click in the dark around the edges of the light. A Texas-rigged curly tail worm in junebug is also a good choice fishing in the lights. Work it out very slowly. White bass are also being caught in the backs of creeks. Be on the water between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. looking for large schools to bust topwater. The best lure for these fish will be a white Rooster Tail.”