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Guntersville Reports
Guntersville February 2014 Fishing Report
By AON Staff
Originally published in the February 2014 issue of AON
Guntersville: Level: 1.3 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid to upper 40s. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Capt. Jake Davis reports, “The past month, despite cold weather and water temperatures dipping to 41 to 44 degrees, it still took 20 to 25 pounds to pull off a tournament win on Guntersville. We have found our fish in 3 to 18 feet of water on a combination of baits, ranging from jerkbaits, SPRO Little John DD crankbaits, Tightline football-head jigs with Missile Baits trailers to single swimbaits and Missile Baits D-Bombs. Mid-February begins the full assault with rattlebaits, jerkbaits and square-bill crankbaits; however, anglers can still enjoy some great flipping around docks and main channel laydowns. Keep a watchful eye on creeks, bridges and rip-rap for schools of baitfish, which will attract good numbers of bass, crappie and stripers feeding during the middle of the day. Water temperatures range between 42 to 49 degrees. Please wear your PFDs, and beware of your surroundings—with the increased traffic boating accidents can happen to anyone.” Capt. Mike Gerry reports, “February on Guntersville will be a rattlebait time of year. Fish a SPRO Aruka Shad in any bright color, and you will catch fish. With water temperatures reaching in late January to the low 50s and in February to the mid 50s, we should see the start of the prespawn run, with big fish and good numbers being the norm. As we progress into late February, we will be approaching the best of the prespawn bite. With the Bassmaster Classic also in that time frame, I would get on Guntersville early in the month and avoid the Classic boat traffic.” Guide Mike Carter reports, “This is the month for the opportunity to catch one of those big Lake Guntersville sows. February can be a very unpredictable month as far as the weather goes, but the fishing can be great, especially when it comes to big fish. The fish will really start moving up to shallower ledges to try and load up some fat to get ready to spawn, and if you can catch a few warm sunshine days, you will need to be on the water. Swimming a big jig from Choo Choo Lures is one of my favorite patterns for this month. The head design on this swim jig will ease through primrose and lily pad stems with no problems, except the big thump you feel when a big fish engulfs the jig. I also like to fish Rat-L-Traps during this month, and even when you think it’s too cold for the fish to chase them, hold on. They will surprise you. I have seen many days when you have to beat the ice off of your rod guide to make another cast, and the fish will still hammer a Rat-L-Trap. It’s a very good bait to cover a lot of water, and you don’t have to worry about finessing the bait, just throw it out and reel or rip it through the shallow grass. If you are looking for the trophy of a lifetime, then February is the month to get out and find one.”
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