Lake Tobesofkee Fishing Report May 2016

Tobesofkee: Level: Full pool. Temp: 67-69 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament angler Clayton Batts reports, “The fish are in all three stages of the spawn right now. I have caught them at Tobesofkee all the way to the end of May sight fishing when the water was clear. The bedding fish with be in the backs of the pockets or any sandy areas that are toward the backs. These fish can be caught on a variety of baits depending on if they want a moving bait going across the bed or something dragging through the bed. This can change daily or even hourly, so adjust to what the fish are telling you they want. If you are throwing a moving bait, I would suggest throwing a black Strikezone buzzbait or swimming a black/blue Strikezone swim jig. My preference for fishing slow around these areas is a Gamakatsu wacky rig with a green-pumpkin Big Bite Baits Trick Stick. Look for postspawn and prespawn fish in these same areas, but look for the closest cover next to where they will or were spawning. This could be a dock, grass or blowdown. I prefer to flip a Big Bite Baits YoMama around this cover, or throw a Spro popping frog to catch the fry guarders. As May rolls along, look for more fish to be in the postspawn phase and start feeding up as the shad begin to spawn. I like to cover a lot of water during this time and look for active fish. A white Strikezone buzzbait, spinnerbait or swim jig are my go-to baits, as well as a Strikezone Toxic Square Bill and a Spro Little John crankbait in any shad pattern.”

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