Jackson: Level: Down .75 feet. Temp: 74 degrees. Clarity: It was clear, but the upper reaches of the three rivers are a litte stained.
Bass: Good. Look for bass to pull out this month, and you can catch them on points between the main lake and the spawning areas where a channel swings in, according to Ronnie Garrison. “You also need a flat on top of a point for them to feed. Rocks, brush and stumps on the flat between the drops makes them much better,” said Ronnie. “Tie on a topwater lure like a Pop-R, Sammy or Tiny Torpedo for early morning fishing.” For later Ronnie throws plastics. “Then have a Carolina-rigged Finesse worm or Baby Brush Hog, a Texas-rigged U-Tail and a 1/4-oz. jig ’n pig ready,” he said. “Drag the baits on the bottom, probing for cover. The water is very clear this year since we did not have any heavy spring rains that muddy up the lake in April, so use a clear or shad-colored topwater bait. You won’t go wrong with green pumpkin, pumpkin seed and watermelon plastics, and I like a brown jig with a brown trailer in the clear water.” To read more on how Ronnie fishes Jackson in May, look on page 68 of the May 2006 GON.