Lake Talquin doesn’t have the same drought worries as Lake Jackson. Talquin is fueled by the Ochlockonee River and water levels are controlled at the dam. November bass fishing, and fishing in general, can be one of the best months for catching. Past years have had fall temperatures averaging a little warmer. That has slowed the whole feeding process and moves lots of fish shallow, making it pretty easy to target bass, crappie and stripers. By shallow, I mean fish migrate to creeks and cove with vegetation or structure. Try spinner baits, crank baits, jerk baits and plastic worms to locate bass holding near or around docks because these will be prime spots. Vegetation in creeks will also hold some nice bass and one of my favorite fall techniques is top-water or waking a swimbait. I keep my colors simple: watermelon/red or green pumpkin; a big hook, beefy equipment and heavy line are also needed when using this style of fishing. Spinner baits are an absolute must around these areas too. Waking a spinner bait is another favorite of mine. Use one in a ½ oz. white & chartruse color and cast between lily pads and just hold on!
Crappie fishermen will have success trolling in front of creeks like Blount and Harvey. During low light hours, move into the creeks, trolling with the current at about 1 mph. If you’re looking to chase stripers, overcast days are best. Stripers can be found easiest if they’re feeding on large pods of bait near the surface…watch for the seagulls diving! They know right where everything that feeds on shad is located.
Until next month, be safe have fun and ALWAYS wear a life jacket while boating.