Blackshear: Level: Full pool. Temp: 63 degrees. Clarity: Stained.
Bass: Fishing team coach at Brewton-Parker College Stephen Birchfield reports, “The fishing this time of year is really good. The bass are up in the creeks chasing shad and are feeding in the earlier part of the month. You can catch these fish in a variety of ways, including spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, flukes and Rat-L-Traps. Try running any of these baits in front of docks when the wind is blowing. The best bites have been coming off of docks sitting in about 8 feet of water in both Cedar and Swift creeks. If the wind dies down, try a Texas-rigged junebug worm skipped under the docks and in surrounding brushpiles. As the month moves on and the water cools, move your focus to isolated cypress trees on the main lake. Boat ramps are also great when the water is cold. Later in the month, a red squarebill or a red Rat-L-Trap will work in the backs of creeks near grass. Flint River Outdoors off Highway 280 has all these lures in stock. Good luck this month out on the lake. Just remember to be safe and have fun!” Stephen is featured on page 22 of the December 2017 issue in GON’s Map-of-the-Month series.