stick marsh bass

Our first real cold front hit last week putting the water temperatures on Headwaters at a cool 63 degrees but by the weekend was back to the 70 degree mark. I fished a different part of the lake with one of my old clients from my guiding days that came over from Tampa with his boat and asked me if I wanted to come along. No need to twist my arm, so it was a “win, win.”


We fished in some narrow ditch type areas lined with hydrilla on both sides. We both were throwing Lipless Crank Baits in blue/chrome ripping them out of the hydrilla where most of the bites occurred. About one o’clock we put the boat back on the trailer and headed for a Stick Marsh adventure. Using his electronics we were marking fish but they weren’t interested in eating what we were offering at first but we finally found a group that was. We pulled in around 11 bass with the largest weighing in at 6 1/2 pounds. This lake sure looks different since the planting of bullrush in the southern zone. Time will see just what will survive or not.


Saturday was a day on the river. The snook and trout bite was fantastic with many 18-20 inch trout and a snook that measured 29”. All in all a great week to be living in Florida.