Lake Seminole Fishing Report August 2017

Seminole: Level: 0.8 feet below full pool. Temp: 87 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear, with more color on the Flint.

Bass: Guide and tournament pro Matt Baty reports, “Bass fishing on Seminole right now is about as good as you can get anywhere in the country, considering it’s the middle of summer. Local three-fish tournaments are having numerous boats with more than 12 pounds each. Several different patterns are working all over the lake. If you like deep-water fishing, you can fish river ledges by scanning with your Lowrance down-scan and structure-scan technology. There’s not a clearer picture on the market for seeing fish on ledges. Once you find a school of fish, you can catch them on a 3/8-oz. Texas-rigged 8-inch Big Bite Baits finesse worm in blue fleck. If you like frog fishing, you can fish lily pads or matted grass with a 7-6 heavy-fast Buddha Stick and a Lews Tournament Speed Spool 8:3:1 with 60-lb. Buddha Braid. Also, bass are chasing bait in Spring Creek and can be caught cranking the timber.” Guide Aaron Crews reports, “Before the sun gets on the water, bass will hit a Devil’s Horse in Tennessee shad, a Silver Shiner and a milk run in Okeechobee special. Also try Jitterbugs in black and in white with a red head, and a dark-colored Jackall Pompadour. I switch to a white or a black buzzbait just before light or an A. C. Shiner in shad patterns. Then try bubblegum Trick Worms and Texas-rigged worms in moccasin and crawford. As the sun gets higher, start flipping with a black-and-blue craws. In the near future, I believe the frog bite will come back for bass, and a swimbait bite will develop as the shad increase in size. This also means the shad-colored Nichols spoon will become a good bait for large bass.”

Crappie: Aaron Crews reports, “Crappie can be caught on the edges of the grasslines with Beetle Spins in 6 to 8 feet of water. They can be also be caught with jigs or minnows in 20 feet of water fishing down about 16 feet.”

Bream: “There are still a few mayfly hatches left in summer,”guide Aaron Crews said. “The fly fishermen should be able to take panfish with a mayfly imitation. The shellcrackers, redbreast and bluegill are a slow bite on the edges of the grassline or in the lily pads with worms and crickets.”

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