Lake Martin April 2019

By: Capt David B. Hare

Alex City Guide Service wants to send our thoughts and prayers out to everyone that has been affected by all the tornadoes, flooding, and hurricane our friends and neighbors are still recovering from. God bless you all!

At the time of this report we are barely into March and we are still dealing with water fluctuations and clarity changes, but we have managed to boat some nice stripers. So far, the majority of fish are being caught in shallower waters adjacent to deep channels. The best bites have been on live bait. April fishing on Lake Martin is a ³No Brainer² fishing month. April is one month on the calendar that stands out to me year after year after year as the best. Weather in April is typically awesome with the water temperature almost perfect, the clarity perfect and the trophy striper bite is superb.

If you are wanting a picture worthy catch this is definitely the month you want to be on Lake Martin as many days as you possibly can. If you have been out with us in April, you have been exposed to some of the biggest live baits that you¹ve ever dreamed of anyone fishing with. Typically we will be casting some huge top water lures and getting the fly fisherman in the middle of schools of some of the finest stripers Lake Martin has to offer.

If your fishing on your own for stripers this month you probably don¹t have the live shad and a good alternative for the weekend warrior is the Black Salty which can be purchased at most live bait providers around the lake or you can order them have them shipped to you overnight. Black Saltys are one of the few baits that the average fisherman can keep alive with the least amount of equipment.

In April you don¹t have to run far from your lake house or your favorite launch because April is the month when every area of the lake will produce. Practice your fishing edicate as more boaters get on the lake.
April is a great month to remind yourself to treat other boaters as you would like to be treated. The fish will be very close to the surface and can be spooked very easily, so if you see someone fishing hive them room and do not spook the fish they found by idling around them looking for the fish on your graph.

Don¹t overlook pier light fishing in April. This may be the easiest way to catch stripers in April. It doesn¹t work year-round, but it sure works in April. Rig up a spinning rod with 12 lb. monofilament and very loose drag with a Rapala #7 Shad Rap black and silver and you should have a blast.
Once again, no certain area of the lake is any better than others for pier light fishing.

If you¹d like to treat yourself, your family or your clients to a fun time of fishing on Lake Martin please keep Alex City Guide Service in mind. We are the #1 guide service on Lake Martin and pride ourselves in being the most professional and accommodating guides that you may ever fish with.

Water Temps (58) 3/8/19
Clarity / Stained from middle to north , clear middle to south end (3/8/19)
5ft below summer pool (3/8/19)

Until next time be safe and catch one for me!

Capt. David B. Hare
Alex City Guide Service
2036 Cherokee Rd
Suite 205
Alexander City, Al. 35010