They are back!!! If you were wondering where the bass had gone on Choke Canyon? The answer is nowhere! They were just taking a "high pressure" break, but with the weather change of some low pressure and a little rain the bite has picked up considerably along with the spawn. Mother nature is amazing and so is the bass's attitude!
This weather pattern is supposed to hold through Saturday so the bite should continue to be good. Both the main lake and the river are producing right now. Start early with faster moving baits like spinnerbaits, squarebilled crankbaits, and chatterbaits. Slow down as the bite from the bass tells you to and go to soft plastics. Keep your eyes open for bass movement and shadows of light or dark as this can tip you off to some bedding bass. Pitch a soft plastic lure into the bed and pay attention to your line. This time of year, the bass are really good at just picking it up and moving it sideways without you feeling a more traditional tap.
There are a lot of bass that are done with the spawn at this point. Many are being caught on Carolina Rigs and Crankbaits in deeper water, around 15-25 ft. as they recoup from the spawn. It won't be long and these bass will return to the shallows to feed on bluegill and shad. In fact, from what we are catching, I think many have already.
Also, the alligators are really paired up and are beginning to show some territorial behavior. I have found that they will not bother you. They will bluff you however, so just keep fishing and you will notice that they will go under water after approaching and realizing you are not afraid of them. Actually, it is kind of cool to see them up close and hear them hiss and growl a bit!! Or, maybe I am just crazy????
Best of luck,
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