How To Catch Bass In A Flooded Lake - Oklahoma Edition

We're in Oklahoma to fish but the lakes are flooded! Instead of leaving we headed out on Tenkiller Lake to show you how to break down a lake with unstable water conditions and to hopefully catch a few bass along the way. The day ends with CC catching her new personal best! Come along for a fun day of bass fishing in the MidWest.

We started the day targeting fish offshore. In Summer most lakes have two groups of fish, those that stay shallow after they spawned and those that moved offshore. When lakes begin to rise the shallow fish are most impacted by the rising water. They will typically push up along the new shoreline and can be incredibly difficult to target. By staying offshore and targeting fish on structure (humps, ledges, and long tapering points) we're able to get on a much more consistent pattern without having to bury ourselves in cover.

High rising water is much more difficult in early Spring when bass are moving up in the prespawn. After the spawn its much easier to simply target the off shore bass. Whether the water stays clear or turns to mud, the fish will typically stay positioned the same way they were before the flooding began. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear that we were using to catch fish on Tenkiller Lake.

Baits...

Jackall Gantarel: http://bit.ly/2adZI3R

Keitech 4.3" Swimbait (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Keitech 3.8" Swimbait (Crystal Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Heads...

Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Stefan Guppy Head 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Matt's Keitech Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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Ultra Clear Water Fishing For BIG Bass!

Have you seen water this clear? Tim found schools of giant bass and panfish holding on current seams in fast moving water. He's sight fishing them as they feed in the current. If you've ever seen water this clear you know how intimidating it can be but by adapting your equipment and carefully selecting the right bait you can catch some truly GIANT fish. The best part of all is you get to watch them bite!

As Tim explains in the video the fish are holding on the seam between fast moving current and the eddies. He uses a 1/4 ounce Ned rig to get the bait down as quickly as possible then bumps it down the current toward the bass. The concept is very similar to back bouncing a bait for salmon or steelhead.

The key to fishing in water this clear is gear selection. Light fluorocarbon is essential as is a rod and reel that can withstand the screaming runs that these big smallmouth make in current. If your line is too heavy the fish refuse to bite, too light and you'll break off. The same goes for rods and reels. Too heavy, you'll break off every time but too light and you'll never gain control of the fish. Below is a breakdown of the tackle Tim was using to catch this awesome limit of bass!

The tackle...

Bait- Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

(TW Black Blue Pumpkin, Desert Craw)

Hook-Z Man LockZ HD Head 1/5 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Ultrex Trolling Motor: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW

Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Reel- Shimano Stella 3000: http://bit.ly/2U8Pkzg

Line- Sunline SX1 Braid 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2FngUkQ

Leader- Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Megabass Levante 2019 Whipsnake: http://bit.ly/2Ibeo70

Reel- Ultegra 2500: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

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How To Catch Bass In Crystal Clear Water

Clear water scares a lot of fishermen but it doesn't have to! When its crystal clear there are some changes you need to make to your equipment and your lures but once you've done that, it can be some of the most enjoyable fishing you'll ever do. Don't be intimidated, learn how to adapt, and the next time you find yourself staring at the bass as they swim along you'll know what to do.

The key to clear water is finesse. There are exceptions to the rule (mainly big baits) but as a whole you want to drop down to lighter lines and clearer lures. Solid colors and thick lines are the kiss of death in crystal clear water. However "finesse" and "clear" are both relative terms so on one fishery you might need to use 4 lb test, the next you can get away with 8 lb. Don't assume you have to go to extremes right off the bat.

Below is a breakdown of all the methods Tim discussed. We'll include links to all of his favorite baits for clear water and even recommend a couple colors for each.

Tim's Favorite Budget Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

The Finesse Baits...

-Straight Tail Worm- Roboworm 4" Fat: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

(Hologram Shad, Pro Staff Peoples Worm)

-Shaped Worm- Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

(KVD Magic, Smoke Gold Purple Flake)

-Finesse Tube- Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

(Old Ugly, Watermelon Pepper)

-Tube Head- 3/16 oz Bite Me Flat Eye: http://bit.ly/2diyVXK

-Senko- 5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

(Natural Shad, Baby Bass)

-Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

The Reaction Baits...

-Jerkbait- Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

(Ghost Minnow, American Shad)

-Glide Bait- S Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

(Light Trout, Party Crasher)

-Swimbait- 6" Osprey: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

(TW Shad Shad, Shad 087)

-Topwater- River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

(Abalone Shad, Ghost Minnow)

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Bass Fishing CRYSTAL Clear Water

30+ feet of visibility and great fishing! If you know how to target BIG BASS in ultra clear water the fishing can be amazing. Tim explains how he targeted the giants with finesse techniques like the senko and ned rig. 

Smallmouth were staging around docks and yachts before the spawn. By approaching them caerfully and skipping with light line Tim and Eric were able to coax the big smallmouth out of the shadows.

The next time you find yourself in ultra clear water, remember Tim's tips and begin putting bigger fish in the boat. 

Equipment Used In This Video...

5" Senko (Baby Bass): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Owner Mosquito Hook (Size 1): http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR

Z-Man Finesse TRD (Ned Rig): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Z-Man Shroom Head: http://bit.ly/2hs2cAe

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Rod- Shimano Expride 7'2" Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Rod- Dobyns 742 Champ Extreme: http://bit.ly/29OVnDa
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju