United States
34° 5' 8.4768" N, 117° 48' 11.8764" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Stained
1 fish caught | Lunker: 2lb Largemouth Bass using a Yamamoto Senko Worm

Fishing during the Waning Gibbous, I knew the bite would be better as we got later into the evening. Fished the South Shore. Started fishing at about 2 pm with a Texas-rigged 5" brown indigo w/sm red senko. The water was too dark, so I changed to a black senko with blue flakes. That still didn't produce for me, so I switched to a black and blue Horny Toad on a black and blue football jig at dusk. My mom had started using my Texas rig. At approximately 7:45 pm, she caught a 2-lb largemouth that swallowed the entire senko. It struck as soon as the lure dove into the submerged grass. A few casts later, she had a bigger fish on. The hook was not set deep enough, and the fish fell off as she was reeling it up. The football jig did not work as well in the submerged grass, and the Texas rig got hung up on structure twice. Lost two rigs on submerged structure. The fish were more active in the current than in the still water.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassSenko WormYamamoto211
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Windy Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Cloudy
1 fish caught | Lunker: 4lb Largemouth Bass

Clear skies and wind gusts to 20mph out of the NE. Pre-frontal bite as rain system is coming in two days. Post spawn mainly with lots of 2lb males guarding small fry balls in 1-4' of water.  Larger females were deeper, 12-15', and on the bite. Two 4lb females had bloody, chewed up caudal and anal fins and were spawned out, but hungry. Surface temp was 72.5. Both males & females very aggressive to larger swimbaits.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth Bass4
Average: 2 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Murky
1 fish caught | Lunker: 2lb Largemouth Bass using a Pepper Custom Baits Bass Jig

I entered the lake after 6:00 pm for the free parking and to catch the late afternoon bite. I started fishing the southeastern shoreline of the cove just south of swim beach. I started by pitching jigs with craw trailers into the tulles with no luck. Since the water was super murky, I decided throw a couple variations of lipless crankbaits, including silver and blue and sexy shad patterns, to see if they would key in on the faster moving baits with some vibrations. After a half an hour of fishing the cove, I switch to a brown swimjig with a swimbait trailer. While casting to toward swim beach, I stuck a nice 2.5 lb LMB. I was slowly dragging the swmbait, being sure to keep contact with the muddy button. He hit it and missed it, and the they came back and sucked up a after a couple of cranks. There were several anglers fishing the bank with topwater baits, none of which hooked up. Suprisingly there was a lot of movement on the water at dusk with baitfish swirly approximately 30 yards from the southern bank. I got slammed once more on the jig, but was a little slow on the hook set. I was fishing a shimano curado 300, with a phenix recon 2 heavy, using 16lb test. Although the heavy rod is great for flipping the heavy jigs, it doesn't load up like a crankbait rod would when swimming the jig.  Next time I fish at Puddingstone, I'll try to key in on the transition areas: sandy to muddy bottom, or rocky to muddy bottom. Transitiion points seem to be the areas I got bit.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassBass JigPepper Custom Baits215