Sinclair: Level: Six inches below full pool. Temp: Low to mid 50s. Upper 50s around the Georgia Power plant. Clarity: Stained mid lake, clear by the dam.
Bass: Mike Cleveland says in April it is best to concentrate your fishing efforts near spawning areas. “That’s where I am going to fish,” Mike said. Mike’s three go-to baits on Sinclair in April are a spinnerbait, a Senko and a jig. Mike heads back into the pockets and throws his spinnerbait around blowdowns and stumps, and he’ll cast it and reel it by docks as well. Ken Cothran targets stumps with a blade as well, and he says the bite should get real good this month. “The spinnerbait ought to be hot and heavy,” Ken said. Ken said the bass are in all stages of the spawn. “Some fish are going on the bed, some are on the bed and some are already off,” Ken said. If the spinnerbait isn’t producing, Mike likes to work the docks over with a Senko or a jig. “Skip the Senko under the dock, keep a tight line, and keep an eye on your line as the bait falls,” Mike said. He will let the Senko lay on the bottom for a little while before he moves it. “This time of year with the fish spawning, they’ll just pick it up,” Mike said. Ken will work stumps with a Cold Steel Lizard if the fish won’t bite a blade. Around docks, he throws the Cold Steel Walking Stick.