Summer is here and both the bass and crappie are in their typical summertime patterns. As of mid July, the lake very close to full. It's been quite a while since we've had this much water to work with this late in the summer.
Starting with the shallow bite, the bass are relating to shoreline vegetation in 1-4 feet. Pencil grass beds on main lake points are good places to start. Hollow body frog baits and very lightly weighted trick worms fished in the open pockets in the grass will get some decent bites. Along the edges of the vegetation, try Yellow Magics and Square billed cranks.
On calm days, move out to main lake flats lie Farmers, Needmore and Caney. Fish a Shakey Head or Drop shot along drops from 12-25 feet. Keep an eye out for schooling activity. These schoolies are usually not big fish, but a lot of fun to catch none the less. Quite few are Kentuckys, which make great table fare.
The crappie are still going strong. Morning trips have been averaging 60-80 keepers. We have been having the best luck with live shiners, but jigs will also work also. The fihs are holding from 15-18 feet deep over 30 foot brush. For jig colors, try Arkansas Shiner, Albino, and White Chartreuse.
The bass in the Angelina River have also been coming on strong the past month. Best bite is in the afternoon when there is generation from the dam. Laydowns and docks are both holding decent fish. Small flipping jigs and Texas rigged lizards are good choices for getting in tight to the structure.
If you would like to book a trip, or just a talk fishing, give me a call Roger Bacon Outdoors at 409-379-3474 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org