The month of February is my favorite time to fish on Guntersville Lake. The female Bass are at their heaviest weight of the year and it is truly the best time of the year for the opportunity to catch the lunker of a life time. The larger Bass will move shallow earlier to spawn than most of the smaller ones. Usually the water has started to warm up some and we start having some very nice weather. Although we will have some very cold nights the daytime temperatures will rise into the high 40's and mid 50's.This warms the shallows very quickly, especially if we have plenty of rain to stain the water.
My lures of choice are Jerkbaits, Lipless Crankbaits (ExCalibur XR-50's)Punisher Spinnerbaits and Gary Yamamoto Senkos. The most important thing to look for is the first green milfoil you can find. I also start my spawn fishing at the North end of the lake, Crow Creek,
Raccoon Creek, Mud Creek and Town Creek.
If we have had a few days of stable warm weather I will start looking in 2 to 3 ft. of water for green Milfoil in the backs of creeks on the North side of the river and yo-yo the ExCalibur XR-50 over the grass or slow rolling the Punisher Spinnerbait (3/8 oz.)over grass and around stumps. In case of frontal conditions that have dropped the water temperature, I move out a little deeper(5 or 6 ft.) and look for green grass that I can work the Jerkbait over with long pauses between slow short jerks and I will also
slowly work the Yamamoto Senko thru these areas. I use Shad or Bluegill colored Jerkbaits, White or White/Chart Spinnerbaits with
Nickel willowleaf blades, Royal Red, Rayburn Red or Royal Shad ExCalibur Crankbaits and Black with Blue Glitter or
Green pumpkin Senkos. Just remember find the warmest water you can find new milfoil growth and start hunting fish by fishing slow and deliberate when you catch one fish there are usually more in the area. For more information on fishing the Guntersville spawn
visit my website at www.bassinadventures.com or contact Capt. Jim Burks at (256)599-4229
Alabama is considered the Bass Capitol of the world
am very blessed to be able to fish 4 - 6 days a week some really great lakes in
Alabama. I enjoy the camaraderie of the clients and friends I fish with. Most
off all though I enjoy the opportunity to share fishing adventures and expertise
Below you will find my fishing reports of the fishing in Alabama lakes.
Primarily you will see that I fish Lake Guntersville most of the time. With
the fishing as good as it is here I am sure you see why.
I hope you get as much out of them as I had making them.
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July 21, 2009 - Lake Guntersville
Today was one of those special days for a guide. I booked a last minute trip
with the Meyers family from Gainesville, Ga.
This family of four,(Dad, Mom and two young sons) made for a crowded boat. But
with only Dad and the two boys fishing it wasn't so bad. We left out from
Waterfront at 4 PM and as we pulled out to the main river I saw schooling
activity on the flat in front of Preston Island. I stopped and rigged their $10
Wally-World Special Spin Cast Rods with "THE BINSKY". This is a blade bait that
my good friend Lee Bailey Jr. of Bassmasters Elite fame gave me to try. I have
never been much of a blade bait fan but this bait just came along at the right
time to make a family of four very happy. I usually only fish for Largemouth but
these kids were only interested in feeling a tug. We sat on that one spot and
they caught over 100 fish, Yellow Stripe, White Stripe and Largemouth and they
could not have been happier. The biggest fish was a 3 1/2 lb. Largemouth caught
by one of the boys but it got the celebration of a double digit trophy. I am
really impressed with this bait made by Fish Sense Lures it is simple and easy
to fish which made it the perfect bait for this particular trip. For schooling
fish the "BINSKY" can't be beat. Visit there website at www.fishsenselures.com
for more information.
Be Safe and God Bless, Jim