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.


Jackall Gantarel:

Keitech 4.3" Swimbait (Electric Shad):

Keitech 3.8" Swimbait (Crystal Shad):


Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/8 oz:

Stefan Guppy Head 1/4 oz:

Matt's Keitech Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Cross Country Trip Begins With Grand Slam!

We're coming to a lake near you! The TacticalBassin crew is hitting the road so keep an eye out the next time you pump gas, head for the launch ramp, or pull up along side a boat on the freeway. Our first stop as we head cross country is Elephant Butte, New Mexico. The trip started off with a bang as Matt landed an unexpected Grand Slam on this amazing fishery!

The bass in Elephant Butte had to survive terrible conditions in recent years. The lake was drawn down to only 3% of capacity at its worst but is now well on its way to filling back up. The fishing has begun to rebound with many big bass being caught this Spring. Matt, CC, and Sierra chose the lake as their first stop as they travel. across the US to find out if the fishing in New Mexico is as good as they'd heard. They weren't disappointed and you won't be either!

Keep an eye out for the TacticalBassin crew in your area. We'll be traveling all through the South, Midwest, and much of the North. We're making as many stops as possible so you just don't know where we will show up next... but word is that Texas and Oklahoma anglers should keep an eye out first.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear Matt and CC used on Elephant Butte.

The baits...

Glide Bait- S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

Finesse Swimbait- Keitech 4" Easy Shiner (Silver Flash Minnow):

Finesse Swimbait Head (1/8 oz): Revenge Darter Hedz:

CC's Glide Bait Rod...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 893C JWR:

Reel- Curado HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt's Finesse Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Aird-X 7' Medium:

Reel- Shimano Sahara 1000:

Line- 15 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Boat Accessories...

Minn Kota 15' Talons:

Minn Kota Tilt Brackets: Source Locally

Humminbird 360 Imaging:


Banshee Lock:

Bob's Hydraulic Jack Plate:

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Spring Fishing Road Trip! Big Bass In The Desert?!

Texas Rigs, Jigs, Swimbaits, and a bunch of BIG Bass!! At the start of the year we vowed to take TacticalBassin on the road. Here is the first road trip! There will be more so stick with us, cross your fingers, and you might just find TacticalBassin fishing at your local lake this year! 

On this trip we found both prespawn and spawning bass including muddy water largemouth and crystal clear water smallmouth. Who knew the desert could be so diverse?! If you've never fished in the SouthWest be sure to add Arizona to your bucket list! 

Here were our top baits from this trip. Keep in mind we had to adapt between power fishing and true finesse fishing depending on the body of water we were on that day. 

Top 5 Power Fishing Baits... 
1) 3/4 oz Flippin Jig (Go To Color):
2) Man Bear Pig (Hematoma Color):
3) 3XD Crankbait (Delta Red Color):
4) Jackall Rerange Jerkbait (RT Hollow Minnow):
5) Mattlures Bluegill Swimbait:

Top 5 Finesse Fishing Baits...
1) G-Fix Spinbait 80 SpyBait:
2) Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 (Ghost Minnow):
3) Fat Baby Finesse Worm (Dropshot and Shaky Head):
4) Keitech Little Spider (Watermelon Pepper):
5) Z Man TRD Ned Worm:

Matt's Favorite Combo From This Trip... 
Rod- Expride 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K 8:1 ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Tim's Favorite Spinning Combo From This Trip (EXPENSIVE)...
Rod- G Loomis Conquest Spinning 902S SJR:
Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:
Line- Power Pro 10 lb Braid:
Leader- Sunline 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Where do you want to see us fish next? If you've got a lake in your area you think we should check out let us know about it in the comments! 

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