Blackshear: Level: 0.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 49-52 degrees. Clarity: Stained with clearer water down the lake and in the backwaters up the lake.
Bass: Stephen Birchfield reports, “The crazy water levels and cold weather have made the fishing pretty tough. The best bite has been off of points or flats near deeper water. Keep in mind deep on Lake Blackshear can be 15 feet. I want to stay within casting distance of this deep water. When fishing these areas, stick with a red-colored rattle bait, preferably KVD’s 1/2-oz. Red Eye Shad. Throw it on a medium-action rod lined with 12-lb. mono. If you feel some grass, rip the bait through hard, and this has been where the strikes come from. As the weather warms this month, this technique will produce more and more bass. Also, as soon as the temperatures start rising, look for bass to start moving up near grass patches. The isolated patches on the main lake are sure to hold prespawn fish. A 6-inch Texas-rigged worm, in green pumpkin with red flake will be a great choice when fishing these grass patches. If you need soft plastics, try Senky’s, located about a miles south of the Smoak Bridge boat ramp on 300. The next few months are going to offer some great fishing.”
Crappie: Rusty Parker reports, “The crappie bite has been very sporadic here on Lake Blackshear, but the ones being caught are some big slabs. Most of the crappie fishing here lately has been done in Swift Creek, which is on the southern end of the lake. The water in the main section of the lake has not quite cleared up yet, and that’s why I feel that the crappie are biting better in Swift Creek because its been clear. I have had most of my luck by tight-lining minnows in 16 to 23 feet of water. There have also been some nice catches by long-line trolling jigs. Best color so far for me has been the chartreuse/pink/chartreuse and the chartreuse/watermelon/chartreuse. I do feel that the crappie will start to staging close to their spawning areas before the end of February, so for now go to Swift Creek or up in the back waters on the north end of the lake, and you should be able to catch some of those big slabs. God bless you all.”