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West Point Lake Fishing Report June 2017

West Point: Level: 1.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Pop-Rs, Zara Spooks and buzzbaits can be effective for shallow and aggressive bass, especially around bream beds. Some big tournament sacks of largemouth are still being weighed-in by guys who sight fish, targeting bass cruising these beds feeding on bream. Also, try fishing rip-rap around bridges with spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and shaky-head rigs. Some fish should start showing up on deeper brushpiles and roadbeds, as well, as the water warms. Try deep crankbaits or Texas-rigged Ol’ Monster worms. Some spotted bass are being caught by casting Spot Remover heads loaded with Zoom Shakey Tail worms or just dragging a Carolina-rigged Zoom Finesse worm or Mini Lizard around sloping gravel banks. These tactics works very well for numbers.”

Linesides: Excellent. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Spawned-out hybrids and stripes showed back up down the lake in good numbers. Expect the downline bite on live bait to be awesome. Some fish starting surface schooling on the main lake and can be caught on small crankbaits, topwaters, popping-cork rigs and Storm Swim Shads.”

Crappie: “Spawned-out crappie typically move out and hold on deeper brush and structure or under docks,” Keith said. “Try drop-shotting minnows or shooting docks. Night fishing is usually good in June.”

Bream: Good. “Don’t forget about West Point’s bream and shellcracker,” Keith Hudson said. “Finding an active bed can take a little effort, but when you do, you can have a ball. Bedding usually takes place on the full moon cycles in June. Look for shallow cover in the backs of pockets. Sandy flats and stump beds tend to draw the fish like a magnet. Use live pink worms, crickets and small jigs for the best results.”

Catfish: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Lots of channel cat are being caught by the few anglers that target them. Live and cut baits (and worms of course) fished on bottom will catch cats all over the lake, as long as fairly deep water is nearby. Jug fishing is also fun and productive. To target flatheads, go to a larger bait like a 4- to 5-inch bream or large shiner, and fish the same areas. Be sure to increase the size of your rigs, as fish in the 20- to 30-lb. range are fairly common.”

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