Seminole: Level: 0.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid to upper 50s. Clarity: Clearing on the main lake with some stain up the rivers.
Bass: Fishing has been very good. Butch Tucker says if the weather stays warm, the February full moon could signal the start of some unbelievable bass fishing. “With the warm weather we have been having lately, the fish are already in that staging mode, moving up from deep water into the creeks onto the edges of the grass and in ditches that run across flats,” Butch said. Butch indicated that the most productive water right now is in the six- to 10-foot range. The water temperature has been a little up and down lately because some nights are cold and some are warm. A No. 5 Shad Rap or a Risto Rap are fish catchers right now on Seminole. Butch likes to throw shad-colored baits with a black back in clear water, switching to a chartreuse with blue back in dingy water. “Parallel the grass edges or fish the grass points,” Butch said. “If you can find a ditch that runs out of a creek channel onto a flat, there’s likely to be plenty of fish there.” If the fish aren’t as aggressive, fish a Carolina-rigged worm in the same areas as the Shad Rap. Some folks are finding fish on channel ledges in 14 to 18 feet of water using drop-shot rigged finesse worms. Butch said the red Rat-L-Trap bite, which is a staple on Seminole, should be hot soon.
Crappie: Speckled perch fishing has been slow lately, but that is likely to bust loose any time. Plenty of fish will be caught at the “S” bend on the Chattahoochee. Butch said another hot spot is around the humps at the mouth of Fish Pond Drain, where it empties into the Flint. “The pattern there is to follow the boats,” Butch said.