We had four inches of rain last weekend, and it muddied up the river in a big way. They are pulling water fairly steady, and it is helping to clear up things pretty fast. It should be in great shape by the weekend.
The bass are working the shallows really heavy now and the blade baits are doing very good. Soft plastic on a Texas rig, jigs and shaky heads are getting more consistent all the time. The frog bite is picking up, and as the pads and cover continue to develop, it will be even hotter. The old pad areas in behind some of the islands are beginning to develop under water and the bait fish and bass are moving into these areas as well. Top water jerk baits, spooks and poppers are doing the trick here. Bladed jigs are always a good choice in dirty water. The deeper fish are hitting deep cranks and Carolina rigs baited with big plastics.
Crappie are getting better on minnows in the trash piles. The night fishermen are in good numbers around the causeway and bridge pilings fishing under lights. They will be in the shallows soon and the jigs cast to the cover will be the way to go then.
Shell crackers and bream are beginning to do well on the beds. They have been doing really well down South at the dam.
Catfish are settling in from the inconsistent weather. The jug fishermen are getting a great mess for the table using shad and cut bait. The bottom fishermen are doing well using worms and crawlers.
Remember the Alabama Classic Bass Tournament is coming up June 12. Visit www.alclassic.com to keep up with our latest news. Sign up for the news letter if you do not already get it. We want to thank Alfa Insurance for joining our team as our new title sponsor and guaranteeing our first place team a $5,000 check, increasing our total payout for the top 15 teams to $15,000. The big fish pot is now a side pot split 60/40 for the two biggest bass weighed in—that is a 100 percent payback on big fish pot.
Be safe on the water; we are seeing many more folks on the water fishing. This is a great time to spend precious family time making treasured memories and enjoying God’s great outdoors.
Water level: 189.92
Water temp: 70’s
Water clarity: Heavy stain to muddy
Capt. Sam Williams