Fishing Reports

Lake O' the Pines fishing reports

My name is Bret McLendon, I would like to take the time to thank you for considering me as your guide. I have spent my entire life in the great outdoors, but fishing has always been my main passion. I want to share that passion with every client I take out and make our trip the most memorable as possible.

LOP Fishing Report 02-15-16

Water stained; 50-55 degrees; 7’ high.

Black bass - Black Bass have been in high numbers lately, with the spawn coming on they are moving shallow. Males are found scattered out and in small pods. Staging females have been more difficult to find due to the high water. When I have found them they have been isolated in small pods of a few nice fish. My go to baits this time of year are Alabama Rigs, Spinnerbaits, Lipless Crankbaits,Weightless Senkos, and T-Rigged craws/Lizards.

Crappie - The crappie bite never got into full swing due to the mild winter and high water. They are scattered out in deeper water and best caught by drifting and covering water. Some have been found in the creek from time to time in the upper end as they continue their spawning migrations up river.

Catfish- Channel cat have been loving the high water this winter. we have caught numerous 2 man limits this winter on rod/reel and Jugs. Smaller catfish have came from fishing in the creek on the upper end with cut shad and night crawlers, while the bigger fish have come on jugs with cut shad and rod and reel floating a bait in the sloughs around  brush. 

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LOP Fishing Report 11-26-15

Water stained; 62–65; degrees; 2.52’ high.

Black bass - have been in great quantity recently with the occasional above average quality size bass around the lake in a lot of areas, both deep on offshore structure and shallow around grass an transitional areas. My primary baits have been Lipless crankbaits, Swimbaits, Square bills, and Spinnerbaits shallow. Deep water I have been having the best success on Crankbaits, Swimbaits, Jigs, Dropshot, and Carolina Rig.

Crappie - have been hit or miss lately due to all of the water coming in and weather patterns. My most success has come on minnows and soft plastics in green and chartreuse in 15-25 fow. The crappie or still scattered and will need a little more good cold weather to really bunch them up and turn them on. 

Sandbass - Magnum female sandbass have been an easy target this week. The influx of water coming into the lake has really started to make them move up into the creek on the north end earlier than usual. We have been doing well on minnows, roadrunners, and crappie jigs in green and chartreuse. Use your graph to locate small schools around the creek and watch for surface activity. 

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