For details about Lake Levels call: 1-800-LAKES-11
Lake level down 2 feet.
Spring Fishing Lake Jordan
Probably the best spotted bass lake on the Coosa River System. Many anglers have felt the wrath and fighting fury, of the mighty Coosa River spotted bass of Jordan Lake, Impounded in 1928. But Jordan Lake has numerous largemouth’s, some twice as big as most spotted bass. Many linestretching large heads are taken during spring (often more than one per day), some in the 58 lb. class…by those who know the fertile spawning waters of Jordan Lake.
Jordan Lake in March
Looking for spots or largemouth’s? Spotted Bass, are from the lakes headwaters at Mitchell lake dam to the lower Jordan lake dam. Rock bluffs, huge boulderstrewn banks, red clay bottoms, main lake points, irregular banks, riprap and old roadbeds, all harbor huge schools of these cold water, currentloving, Coosa River breed of Spotted bass. Points leading into the mouths of creeks and pockets are good prespawn search areas for active schools of Spotted bass.
Fastmoving lures will get the anxious bites these open water bass are so noted for. Deepdiving crankbaits such as Pradco’s Fat Free Shad, Spro’s deep diving crankbait’s, Bomber ModelA series and Rapala’s deep diving, No. 78 Shad Raps, are all excellent choices and most get down in the 10 foot depths, with 1415 pound test monofilament line.
Even crankbait lures running in the midrange depths, tackle hardtocatch suspended bass. Models such as Spro’s Crankbait 25 series, Fat Crank 20 & 30 series, Rapala’s No.5 Shad Raps and Norman’s Little n’ series, are all good choices to cover the 57 foot depths, these prespawners often hold in. Spinnerbaits, attract both suspended largemouth bass and spots holding near the bank. Topwaters such as the Zara Super Spook, Excaliber Spittin’ Image and buzzbaits, all attract the BIG bass bites in March. These bass are usually along the first and secondary points leading into prime spawning habitat.
The largemouth’s of Jordan lake all prefer weed, rocks and wood cover in March. These shallow water bass will inhabit 13 feet of water, usually when conditions are following a weeklong warming trend, with an approaching rainy front. If a full moon occurs near the end of March, with water temperatures near 70 degrees, bass of both species will spawn early. If cold fronts drop the water temperature, followed by several cold days and nights, accompanied by bright, bluebird, highpressure conditions, the spawn will be delayed until early or mid April. Anglers will have to slow their presentation as well.
Jordan Lake in April
There are not many feeder creeks with huge, spawning flats in Jordan Lakes first 10 miles, from the lake headwaters, downriver. Spotted bass spawn a little deeper and prefer rock slabs, secondary ledges along rock bluffs and small pebble points. They are in comfortable surroundings in these lake headwaters.
Largemouth’s make do with whatever stable backwater conditions they can find during April. They often spawn in obscure places such as on flat rocks, on top of a cut off stump, or even on submerged laying logs, beneath the water’s surface. Many bass fan out beds in sandy bottom and in and around weed beds. Spotting these rounded out bedded circles, only involves searching clear water, with the trolling motor on medium to high, cruising and looking. Of course you must be aided by the use of a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. See: www.flyingfisherman.com for a variety of styles and they are quality sunglasses for spotting bass, beds and underwater cover. Cruising bass will roam an area as big as 1035 feet, away from the bed, when bedding. That is, if other bass beds are not around. Smaller territory, and many beds in one area, means less roaming and more bass, crowded together on one bank.
Downriver on Jordan Lake, creeks such as Weoka Mill Creek and Blackwell’s Creek, are more suited to the largemouth’s spawning habitat. Weeds harbor big bass in April in these lower lake feeder creeks. Also look along main lake stump flats, around islands, mainlake points and riprap areas for spawning bass, usually these places are not targeted as much by the average springtime angler.
Jordan Lake in May
When Spotted Bass have commenced with the rituals of spawning, feeding becomes their number one priority. Schooling will now take place below upper Mitchell Lake dam in Jordan Lakes headwaters. This frantic topwater action can also be found in the mouths of feeder creeks and up in small pockets. Up in the creeks, flats will show more than one school of spotted bass, usually feeding during the early morning period. Late in the day, when water is generated or during cloudy or overcast periods, are also prime times for these bass. Largemouth’s get in on the action to, when schooling takes place in May. Often they are right in with the spotted bass, competing for baitfish in these creek backwaters, lake headwaters and along spawning flats.
Weeds play a huge role, now that several aquatic varieties are in full bloom. Bass inhabit this highly oxygenated green growth during May. Many bass just remain in the general vicinity, of where they previously spawned, for the remainder of the Summer.
Lures that mimic baitfish are nailed during these times. Weedless spoons are good when bass are feeding on shad in these weeds. Buzzbaits, topwaters, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits, always generate a few bites. On highly pressured waters, try fishing with bright colored floating worms, soft plastic jerkbaits, floating lizards, frogs, rats and crayfish imitations. This will give the bass a different look. These fake offerings are all good choices, along with other offthewall lures, lures that bass are not accustomed to seeing, by late May on Jordan Lake.
Want to learn more about fishing for bass on Jordan Lake this spring? Or learning to fish any Alabama Lake year round? Always call on Reeds Guide Service…first!
“Jordan Lake’s oldest, professional guide service, fishing and guiding on this lake for over 30 years.” Several boats and professional guides available for multiple parties or corporate guided trips, year round.
Fish Jordan Lake this spring season and discover the Coosa River Spotted bass action to be found in these lake headwaters. But also explore the lakes wood cover and weedbeds for some big largemouth bass exists here as well.
Or call on Reeds Guide Service…first! (205) 663-1504 “Fishing and guiding on Jordan Lake and other Alabama Lakes for over 40 years.” Remember, a guided fishing trip with Reeds Guide Service also makes a great gift for Birthdays, Father’s day or for Christmas (certificates available), for those loved ones that love to fish.
* Looking for a new or used boat?
Go to: www.airportmarine.com and see their bass tournament trail info found there. Alabama’s best paying tournament trails and annual events!
* Looking for a great bass tournament trail?
Go to: www.airportmarineteamtrail.com
* Looking for the best bass boat in the world?
Go to: www.rangerboats.com
* Looking for fishing rods, reels, fishing tackle and hunting items?
Go to: www.marksoutdoors.com