When you fish a lake like Guntersville enough sometimes you just must do the obvious fish the grass lines; although not all grass lines are created equal, as not all have active fish. As you move up and down Guntersville or any grass lake there are active grass edges from ledge to ledge. The problem is how you can pick out grass edges that you can catch fish on, what makes one edge more productive than the other? There are some very distinct differences to look for and some keys to make it productive.
First thing I look for is bait activity, if you pull up to a grass line and after fishing a few minutes you don’t see bait moving about, it’s time to move on; bass will just not hang out where there is not any food source. You also need to examine the grass edge for structure, in most cases bass will hold on the grass edges, but if there is stumps or debris on the break lines there is a good chance you will find bass. Ride the edge of the grass line with your Lowrance structure scan, if you see stumps or debris you will also see the bass sitting over or near the structure. Look for current it is also a key along the ledge to finding active bass.
Some grass lines form just straight-line edges, when I see this, if there is no bait about, I generally move on as I want a grass edge that changes definition with points and thickness differences all up or down the line of grass. Bass have to be able to ambush bait and if there is just a straight edge it eliminates the ambush areas and they generally aren’t there.
I also look for thickness change protruding out from the visible edge another few feet, if the grass just ends I find it harder to get a bite; there is one exception to this. When the grass line drops directly into a creek, this immediate depth change is different than others. I find creeks hold fish in the heat of the summer and the immediate drop to a creek is a good thing. Grass lines are productive, you just must identify the correct line of grass, be persistent and you will catch fish!
Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service
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Captain Mike Gerry