Seminole: Level: Full pool. Temp: 55 degrees. Clarity: Flint and Chattahoochee are slightly stained.
Bass: Excellent. Tournament angler Matt Baty reports, “A recent bass tournament was won with 32.86 pounds with several sacks above 20 pounds. The fish are in full-blown pre-spawn mode and can be found in ditches, drains, grasslines and depressions that are near sandy spawning areas. The two best techniques that are happening right now are fishing a lipless crankbait and a bladed jig. The cold weather has knocked the hydrilla way back, so you’ll need to use your Lowrance electronics and Structure Scan to find and locate the grass flats that have the hydrilla growing about 3 to 4 feet from the top. With the Lowrance units, you can also easily see schools of bass that are on top of the grass. Once you find it, just comb the flat until you find little groups of fish. For the lipless crankbait, I have two different setups. I use a Jenko Fishing Rip Knocker 75 in flaming craw on 50-lb. Sunline braid and 16-lb. Sunline fluorocarbon. I use a Lews Custom Pro Speed Spool with an 8:3:1 gear ratio paired with a 7-3 medium/heavy fast action Buddha Stick. Depending on how thick the grass is, I switch between the braid and the flourocarbon. For the bladed jig, I use a 3/8- and a 1/2-oz. Buddha Baits Swagger Jig in green pumpkin with a 4-inch Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in green pumpkin. The bladed jig setup works best on a 7:5:1 Lews Magnesium reel, 16-lb. Sunline FC Sniper and a 7-6 medium/heavy fast action Buddha Stick. As the warm weather approaches, look for the bass to move up on the sand, especially during sunny days.”
Various: Guide Aaron Crews reports, “Lures for prespawn bass are red Rat-L-Traps, Carolina rigs and jerkbaits. Buck bass will be moving shallow to start beds soon. Crappie have begun spawning. Fish minnows and jigs in areas adjacent to spawning areas. Catch catfish on cutbaits and jackfish on spoons and spinnerbaits.”