Greg Pugh: Lewis Smith Lake in the Spring

Since the weather has been turned upside down (speaking of not having much of a winter) it has been good for fishing. Here on Smith Lake the bass fishing has been good with water temperatures around the 60 degree mark and that puts them in the pre-spawn mode. So that makes the largemouth fishing hot!!! The largemouth are in water less than three feet and are crushing Hawgcaller spinnerbaits in white and chartreuse and white. Both of these colors in 3/8 oz and 1/2 oz size with a gold #5 willow leaf and a 3-1/2 Colorado silver blade and Berkley 20lb fluorocarbon. The water has a little color to it witch means great action in the shallows. The spotted bass are up on the points and are biting as well. A lunker lure 3/8 oz jig in green pumpkin colors are doing well. Also the shaky head jig is always a great lure to fall back on. Another good bait at this time is a crankbait that runs in 10 to 12 feet range in the crawfish colors are working the best and on the clay colored points. And let’s not forget about the great crappie fishing. Smith Lake is one of the best kept crappie secrets in the state of Alabama. These panfish are now in 2 to 4 feet of water and biting a lot of different baits. You can never go wrong with the smaller tuffy minnows on a small float with 4lb test line. Also the small bright colored tubes in blues, reds, pinks and chartreuse will catch these fish around docks and bushes.

Greg Pugh
Professional Bass Fishing Guide

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