Jackson: Level: 1 foot below full pool. Temp: Low to mid 60s. Clarity: Slight stain.
Bass: Guide Keith Dawkins reports, “The bite should only get better as we move into April. The first of the month look for fish on shallow points and inside pockets searching for spawning areas. Concentrate on docks and wood near rocky and hard-bottom spawning flats. Double willowleaf spinnerbaits in white and chartreuse with gold blades, as well as shad- or crawfish-pattern Shad Raps will catch the aggressive prespawn fish and big females searching for spawning areas. Another great pattern on Jackson is to use a weightless Zoom Super Fluke with a 3/0 offset shank hook skipped under docks and on shallow areas near the dam next to any cover. Bang O Lures or X-Raps twitched over shallow spawning areas or staging points have historically produced some giants this time of year. Flipping 6-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon or pumpkin seed with chartreuse tails can elicit some vicious strikes next to trees or docks. Don’t be afraid to experiment as patterns can change very quickly, but be sure and get out on the water since April is probably the best month to catch a monster on Jackson.”