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Lakecaster Online Archives – September, 2002

Fishing with Chris

By Chris Wilkerson

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“September Fishing” Labor day weekend is the “last” official weekend or holiday as some say of summer. The kids are going back to school and the first cool fronts blow in signalizing the changer of seasons will soon arrive. The lake will begin to get less crowed with pleasure boaters and fishers alike.

If white bass fun fishing is what you like or prefer, there is still plenty of fun to go around this month but after the first few weeks of October, it will be on the decline. It has been another banner year on the big lake for whites. It will continue through most of September. We are currently catching from 100 to 200 whites a day. There is still a lot of surface schooling through out the day. It is a combination of being at the “right” place at the right time, but you can still catch a boat load of whites even if they are not schooling.

On a recent outing as soon as I put down the trolling motor out on the main lake area, they began schooling. So for the next 156 minutes I spent unhooking whites for my 5 year old son as he proceeded to catch 18 whites on a consecutive casts. It was the time of his life.

Cast the slab out, reel it as fast as you can and you will definitely catch a fish. However, when the schooling subsided he didn’t quite understand why he couldn’t catch one every cast.

The most productive areas are from the 190 road south to the dam. Practically every hump and ridge close to the river channel between the road bed and Pine Island are holding whites. The most productive humps will top out at about 10 to 12 feet with at least 20 foot depth around the humps. The whites will round up the schools of shad and push them on top of the humps and have a feeding frenzy on them, then when they are not schooling you need to work the outside edges of the humps with a Charlie slab.

The best technique when jigging the bottom is to slowly jig the slab off the bottom. Imagine your bait being a wounded shad swimming up about three inches off the bottom then falling back down-this is irresistible to a white bass. These fish are also ways to see on an LCR depth finder such as a Garmin 240. They travel in groups and on a depth finder they look like a whole bunch of clutter on the LCR, as it will be all black.

Well, I have told you the best techniques and areas, so it is time to get out and have some fun!

Black Bass-We would like to welcome several black bass tournament circuits to our lake for their year end championships. This is their season finale. Anglers fish through out the year to make the championship to fish for big cash prizes in the championship on Lake Livingston. Good luck to all! 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.

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