Tournament angler Dearal Rodgers fished from a little after noon until early evening yesterday, and together he and the young man he was fishing with got into some good ones. Dearal reports that they caught more than a dozen nice bass three pounds or more, and he estimates that their best 5 would have gone 24 or more pounds.
While water temperatures were about 86 or 87 degrees the bite didn’t start out hot. However, around 2:30 the big ones started to feed more consistently and the fish got fired up. They stayed hungry and actively feeding off of a ledge for the next several hours. Some of the fish were in 10 feet and some were in 15-18 feet, and there were some narrow casting windows where if you put the bait a bite was more likely than not. Some of the fish came on a deep diving crankbait, but the biggest number of bites came off a Zoom Ole Monster worm fished on a Texas rig.
Deep ledges aren’t the only place that you can catch bass on Lake Wateree right now, and early in the morning a pretty good bite up in the grass has been reported. However, seeing fish like this come off the ledges in the afternoon shows that evening if you miss the morning bite there is still some good fishing to be done in the heat!
Stay tuned for a full-length article about catching summer bass on Lake Wateree, including help locating the deep fish!