“If I fished only to capture fish my fishing trips would have ended long ago” Zane Grey
The next several weeks will be busy for the Grove area and the wonderful fishery of Grand Lake. I’ll do my very best to let folks know about upcoming events and tournament results, along with angler insights. Beginning in March we will host the Nichols Marine Tournament Series on the 1st, followed by Anglers in Action on the 7th. We then move to the BASS Federation National Championship March 11-14, which will bring 54 fishermen/women from all over the United States to our great city. All these events will take place out of Wolf Creek with weigh-ins scheduled for 3:00 PM each day.
Spring is in the air and the fish know it. People often ask what’s the best time to go fishing on Grand Lake, and after I jokingly say ANYTIME, I will say honestly late February through March, particularly if you want big fish of all species. The lake level remains around 742’, and water temperature is 44-45 degrees in most areas. Color varies depending on location with the back of Honey Creek, areas of Drowning Creek, and up the Elk River being clearest.
Black bass fishing is good using Alabama rigs and certain small plastics but don’t discount slow rolling a big spinner bait. Grand has always been a spinner bait lake. Crappie catches are unbelievable in numbers and size on both minnows and jigs in deeper water. I know anglers are up the Spring and below the Pensacola testing their luck but have not heard of large stringers. Catfish? Always good this time of year.
Until next time, keep your bait in the water. Clint Baranowski
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