Sinclair: Level: 1 foot below full pool. Temp: 46-49 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament angler Mark Denney Jr. reports, “Fishing is pretty tough on Lake Sinclair as the cool nights have the water temperatures dropping down to the upper 40s. Most of the baitfish have moved out to the main lake and can be found around the 40-foot depth. When fishing offshore, a jigging spoon or drop shot can be fished vertically using your Humminbird electronics. Utilize your LakeMaster chip to look for humps and points close to the creek channel to locate a group of bass. You will often have to try multiple spots before locating a productive area, but this pattern is known to produce a significant number of bites once you find an active school. When fishing the bank, concentrate on the mouths of pockets, as these are the first places bass will stop on their way back to spawn. I really like a flat-sided crankbait, such as a Suddeth Little Earl, in the winter because of the tight wobbling action they have. Fish key on the subtle action because of the cold water temperatures and can often be the difference. A jerkbait and jig are also good patterns this time of year. Be thorough, and take your time. A slower presentation will definitely help you catch more bass in the winter.”