The bass have moved into their summer mode, the Grand River is running a little higher, a little more stained and the tributaries are running lower and clearer than we like. We have been spending some time in the bayous as well, which are in great shape. What does all this mean? It means patience, keeping your head in the game and accurate casting is critical. With all that said, we have been very busy on the water and bringing fish to net. Here’s the latest from the frontlines.
The Grand is currently at 8.75 feet in Ada, river temps area in the mid 70’s. With the Grand at these levels, we’re switching out between Scientific Anglers I 2/3 and Tropical Clear for the swim-flies and Bass Bug line for the top-water.
We’ve been finding success on Fat Babies in white and white with some chartreuse in them. We’re also throwing gobies patterns in yellow and orange combination. For the top water, swim-frogs are working well.
If you’re going to fish the tributaries, smaller is better. The rivers are low and clear and the fish spook really easy. We’re doing lot’s of sight fishing and you’ll need to use stealth. If casting to structure, hit your target, the bass will not come out very far, if at all under these conditions.
The lines we’re using are Scientific Anglers Tropical Clear and Bass Bug with longer leaders than we’re using on the Grand itself.
The flies that are producing are wooly buggers, poppers, and TeQueely streamers.
If you’re spin fishing summer means finesse. Ned rigs, creature baits, flukes and paddle tails are all producing. Colors are white, black and peanut butter and jelly. Low and slow is how we like to work them.
Summer can produce some of the best bass fishing of the season. We still have some good availability in July and August, so send us an email and get on our calendar.