April 2018 Forecast:
By the time your reading this water levels should be very close to full pool with surface temps normally in the high 60’s to mid 70’s. Water clarity should be lightly stained on north end to very clear on south end.
As in the years past I project this April to be one of the best months on Lake Martin for basically any type of fish catches.
Crappie boats have been out for several weeks producing very nice catches. I personally have seen a lot of them fishing the creek channels but now that April is on us you should see them (fishermen and fish) start being more concentrated close to the banks, brush piles and in man made attractions put out by crappie anglers.
Here at Alex City Guide Service a lot of our clients will be booked for big trophy stripers and we aim to please. We will have some of the best live baits aboard that we can get our hands on.
If you are out fishing for stripers this month be sure you have a couple of rods rigged with top water lures such as one of my favorites the “Redfin”. Artificial top water strikes are very common in April and not to mention very very exciting.
If you are more of a sit on your dock angler then April is a must fish month for you. You will be able to catch most any species around docks this month. For crappie off my dock I like minnow fishing with floats and very light tackle and line. For striper fishing docks normally after dark is your best bet for catches. If you haven’t turned your underwater lights on yet it’s time to do so! Stripers love roaming these lights in the spring when water levels first come up. Lots and lots of 20-40 lb stripers are caught off docks in April so be prepared with a good net, heavier gear and somebody to help you land that dream fish. Try using some crank baits that run 7-10 ft deep to entice the striper bite.
For vacationers or new comers to the lake remember to purchase an updated fishing license because number one it’s the law, number two the fees are used to keep maintain great fisheries and number three I promise you there is a very good chance this month that you will get checked for a valid license.
Until next month catch some and release what you don’t want to keep for the table!
March 2018 Forecast:
Well March is on top of us and here on Lake Martin not only does it explode with anglers of all types but with an awesome month of catching all varieties of fish! The crappie, bass and the best fighting fish you will ever catch in fresh water known as Lake Martin Trophy Stripers are sure to get your heart racing when you have them on the other end of your line. You will witness several strategies of fishing in March. There is not a wrong way to fish this month, but some techniques will prove to be the best with each passing day!
As always we will be fishing live bait and most likely be pulling planer boards with large gizzard shad trying to entice that Trophy Striper to to come to the surface for that explosion you all have come to expect when you fish with us! For that angler that likes the night spring time bite well March produces that too if the water levels have risen above your your favorite underwater lights then bass along with stripers will most likely be roaming these lighted areas just waiting on you to trigger a strike. If you like super light tackle fishing, March crappie fishing here is a must for you. It is not unusual for each angler on the boat to limit out with some very nice crappie in the month of March.
We take the work out of fishing, and we stand ready to help you experience the trip of a lifetime. Call or text 256-401-3089 to book your trip today. Until next time catch one for me, keep what you need for a meal and release the rest!
Captain David Hare
February 2018 Fishing Report:
Lake Level (484)
Surface Temp 49.5 *
Lake Martin in February can be and should be an excellent time to be on the water fishing for trophy Stripe. This month is what most Crappie fishermen say is the beginning of the crappie season here. You’ll see a lot of Crappie trolling going on especially on the north end of the lake. This is a transition month for Stripe fishing and we will have to be adaptive to the water temps and weather patterns.
February 8th-11th Lake Martin is hosting the BASS Elite Series tournament, this is the best of the best bass fishermen and an excellent time of year to bag a lot of bass here. There will be a lot of culling going on during this tournament and he bass on Lake Martin are bigger than ever. I personally think people are going to be shocked by how much weight it’s going to take to win this tournament. Come out to Wind Creek State Park and watch the weigh in and meet your favorite angler. Want to get out on the lake and be a spectator of this great event but don’t know the lake or where to maybe find the anglers, no worries. We will be booking spectator trips these 4 days and would love to have you join us. If you do this on your own please be respectful and keep a safe distance between you and the anglers you are watching. Remember they are here making a living and the last thing they need is somone causing them to miss a fish or to be distracted from there job by spectators.
Striper fishing this month will produce some mighty big trophy’s along with several good fighting 8-15 lb stripers. We will be catching stripers both deep and on top water this month. There is no particul area this month to concentrate in. The lake is ever changing and we have to change with it.
Remember to always wear your life jacket, but please take extra precautions this month. We will have some warm and pretty days, but the water temps will still be very cold and if you were to go overboard you could be in serious trouble quick.
We take the work out of fishing, and we stand ready to help you experience the trip of a lifetime. Call or text 256-401-3089 to book your trip today.
Captain David Hare