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Guntersville Reports
Guntersville September 2012 Fishing Report
By AON Staff
Originally published in the September 2012 issue of AON
Guntersville: Level: 0.6 feet below full pool. Temp: 80-83 degrees. Clarity: Lightly stained.

Bass: Fair. Guide Mike Gerry reports, “September on Guntersville will be all about the frog bite. It’s the time of year when people come from all over the country to fish a frog on Guntersville, working a Spro frog over the top of the grass. Having that big toilet flush of a hog bass eat your bait is like no other experience you have ever seen bass fishing. It’s a great time of year, and it will last all fall. Don’t miss your chance.” Guide Jake Davis reports, “The jewel of the South once again has started to live up to her reputation as the best destination in the Southeast for late summer/early fall frog or rat fishing. Anglers from all over the globe are visiting north Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. The grass is healthy, and many believe we’re seeing the best growth in years. This should lead to a great fall frog/rat bite. Over the next month, anglers can put fish in the boat using just about any method they want, from Spro frogs to Missile Baits Tomahawk 8.75 twin-tail worms and Tightline jigs. The preferred method will remain a frog over the grass. The better fishing will be from Water Front and Crow Creek, with the best results coming around matted grass. Water temperatures have started to come down and will continue to drop over the next month with the shorter days and cooler nights. Most fish right now are in the 2- to 3 1/2-lb. range.” Guide Mike Carter reports, “The bite this last month has been great. The ledge bite has been more consistent than the last couple of months and easier to pattern out. The frog bite is starting to turn on real well and will only get better as the cooler days start coming in. The ledge bite has produced some nice bags of fish using 1-oz. jigs and 1-oz. Scroungers. When there is a lack of current, the jig has worked best, but when the current starts up, the Scrounger bite has been very productive and exciting with the hard strikes this lure produces. The jig bite on these ledges is great, especially if you have some current to work with also, and the best colors have been green pumpkin, avocado and oh baby, all by Choo Choo lures. If working an area with deep grass, the Titan or Rocker jig has been the best, but if you are on some of the deeper ledges without any grass, the football-head jig will produce the best. The frog bite is really starting to pick up. When using this pattern, it’s always best to try to find some of the thicker areas with scum on top of the grass. When these areas have the scum on the top, it will attract more baitfish feeding on the algae and small bugs, and in turn the bass will move in these areas to feed on the bream and shad that are in these thick grassbeds. To help produce more strikes with your frog, always add one or two rattles to your frog, but you don’t want to add too many because then it will keep your frog from collapsing when you get a strike. This will cause a lot of misses and fish coming unhooked. This is also the time of year when spinnerbaits and swimbaits will start producing some nice bags of fish, too. These fish are starting to cruise a lot of these grasslines now, and a quick way to find them is to cover a lot of water using these baits, and be ready for some great action when you find them.”
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