Blackshear: Level: Full. Temp: 77 degrees. Clarity: Stained.
Bass: Tournament angler Stephen Birchfield reports, “The fishing is really starting to turn on this time of year. The early morning bite is really strong this time of year fishing soft plastics near the shoreline on the main lake. Candy bug and plum have been the two best colors. The cypress trees seem to be holding the most fish in the morning, although not much size is being caught like this. The Brewton Parker college bass fishing team has been catching nice-sized fish off brushpiles at the ends of docks after the sun gets up a little bit. Target the shorter docks that don’t extend as far out into the lake. As the day moves on, move into the back of a creek or large slough, and watch for large groups of largemouth busting baitfish. Any spinnerbait will do to catch these feeding fish, as long as some white is mixed into the skirt. If you have an A-rig, I recommend throwing it, as well. Use pearl-white or disco-white flukes. As the water temp continues to cool this month, look to find more fish off the ends of docks. A Rat-L-Trap will be my go-to bait once the water gets closer to 60 degrees. Have fun fishing, and be safe in the water.”