Fayette County Fishing Report

November/December 2001

 Greetings from Fayette County. Great news for one of our lake guides and all around great people. Jody Wong won the Women’s Bass Fishing Association World Championship held on the Red River in Louisiana. You can read all about it at: http://www.wbfatour.com/  Judy is a long time Fayette guide and one of the finest people you will ever meet on or off the lake. Way to go Judy!!!

Fall is well on its way to winter and the fishing should be very good this month. You know, I have talked to a lot of people that had trouble catching fish on Fayette this summer. Well, it seems that most of the fish were holding on the branches of the deep trees. You had to work real hard to get the to bite but they were there.  Store that away for next summer.

And now, on to November and December on Fayette. November is a super month for some good fall fishing on Fayette. Most fisherman seem to love the banks and this is one of the months you will find them there in numbers. As you all know you have to really hunt for the grass now so if you find any take advantage of it. The bass will be there. I would start off early with a Top Knocker by Bass Pro Shops is the water is calm if the wind is blowing then get out that buzz bait. I have noticed a really good crop of large gizzard shad this year and they will be roaming the shallows so the spook and buzz baits should be the early ticket. Another good bait this time of year should be a large spinnerbait. I throw a double willow with a white skirts. Make sure with both the blade and the buzzbait you use a trailer hook. You will dramatically increase your catch ratio.

I also love to throw crankbaits after these fish this time of year. This year I have used the Norman watermelon and watermelon/red DBN with great success. Run these baits parallel to the shore line in about 8-10 feet of water and be hold on. Another bait that I favor is the shad colored Bandit 300. Use ten pound line for this kind of fishing. I have found that the Bass Pro Shops Fluorocarbon line works very well for this purpose. Fayette does not dirty up much so line visibility is usually an issue for me.

Other baits I throw this time of year are the Zoom fluke and Trick Worm and the Senko/Kinami. I have been experimenting with colors On Fayette and have found the watermelon/red works the best for me. Anyone surprised?  The Senko is a bit harder to find so look for the Kinami at Bass Pro Shops. It is the same bait just packaged differently. All three of these baits will produce some good fish. With the Kinami, add a swivel about 6 inches above the bait and use a 5/0 hook. You will notice that it falls exactly like a wacky worm, parallel to the water column and at a very slow rate.

In December, the fish are going to start moving back their deep winter haunts. AS they do, I like to throw the Normal DD22 along the deeper brake lines in the Oak Thicket cove. I also like to throw a watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog on a Carolina rig in the same area.

The discharge is going to be very popular during this time of year. If you like company and want to catch a good number of fish give it a try. I throw either a Slider worm or a Zoom finesse worm up the discharge and allow it to slowly move with the current. This can be very productive just inside the discharge canal on the left side. Pay attention to the wind direction for the days before you fish. The warm water will either be pushed north by a strong south wind or east and to the baffle dyke by a strong north wind. Take advantage of that knowledge and fish the warm water current.

Finally in December, you can go into the deep tress for some good size bass. I am anxious to try the new Strike King Wild Thing creature/tube in those trees. Put a Zoom tube rattle in it and dangle the bait right in the limbs. It should be a real killer.

Well that is about it for this year. Don’t forget, I  teach bass classes at Bass Pro Shops in Katy on alternate Sunday mornings. If you are interested in attending call the store to get a schedule (281) 644-2200. The classes range from Basic Bass  and to advanced classes refining your skills. They are designed with veterans, rookies and kids in mind.

If you would like to book a trip to Fayette give me a call (281) 499-3799, email (FishCoach@compassnet.com) or check out my website: www.compassnet.com/fishcoach.


Merry Christmas and God Bless America.