Lakecaster Online Archives - August, 2002

Summertime Cranking

By Chis Wilkerson
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While many people stick with the Texas rigged worm, I will tie on a couple of my favorite crankbaits. The crankbait fished in the right areas will trigger strikes that the soft plastic worms will not.

I first decided which area of the lake I will target-north, mid-lake or south. For summertime cranking I normally prefer to fish mid-lake and south this time of the year. Now it is time to go cranking and catching!

Bass are very structure oriented fish which means most of the time they live beside, beneath around some sort of structure such as a log, stump or boat dock. In order to catch bass with a crankbait, you have to run the crankbait into their house , the log, stump or boat dock. When the crankbait bounces off the object it makes an erratic motion that will drive the bass crazy. They have to chase it and eat it.

Placement of the bait is very important for example, if you see a log you will need to cast down both sides of the logs running the crankbait into the log all the way down it. I have made as many as twelve cast to one log and on the 12th cast I caught one. A boat dock is another good example. You need to cast down the length of the dock guiding the crankbait into each pole. It is also possible to catch bass on points and secondary points with crankbaits. Bass use these areas as ambush points as well.

You will want to have usually 3 different crankbaits, a shallow runner that runs approximately 0-3 feet deep, a middle depth crank such as a Norman Middle -N in 6 to 8 feet of water and a deep diver a DD 14 that runs 10 to 14 feet dep.

As for line size, 12 top 15 pound test is adequate. A limber rod to let the crankbait keep its action or wobble is important as well. The Falcon Cara series rod is the best in my opinion.

Vary the retrieve, try the stop and go, reel it 4 turns and pause. A few slight jerks in the retrieve will also trigger more strikes. Remember you can fish a crankbait and where you can fish a plastic worm. If your not getting hung up, your not fishing the right type of cover.

White Bass action remains hot on Lake Livingston. The lake seem like it has and endless supple of white bass-millions and millions of them out there. There is still continuous schooling activity going on throughout the day. It just doesn't seem to be on a set time schedule. It is about being in the right place at the right time, but when they are not schooling we are still catching a bunch using the Charlie slab spoons. The best areas are from the 190 road bed south to the dam.

So always remember before you head out on your next trip to make sure you evaluate the water levels and it's current conditions to plan for a successful trip. For up to the minute water levels and releases. You can visit my website at and click on lake levels. I also run a professional guide service on Lake Livingston and Lake Sam Rayburn. I can meet each and every need from instructional fishing to the tournament level, you can give me call at (936) 329-2750. As always, these trip are great ideas for you and you family, and especially the kids.