Lake Talquin Fishing Reoprt: Dec 2013

1600 miles south of the North Pole is Lake Talquin. With the water temperature running around 55 to 60 degrees, you’re not likely to sight any  floating ice. But, you are likely to see a few anglers out on the water trying out those new Christmas toys. And you are equally likely to see a few  fish being landed, too! The holidays are a “Specktacular” time of year to be on Talquin. So far this season, trolling for specks in 16-24 feet of water has been like opening a gift from Santa. The fish have been holding along the drops of the main river channel between Freeman Creek and the Jackson Blu dam. As the water temps continue to drop, the fish will ease a little deeper into the river channel. A very slow approach is usually needed then. Another good winter time spot for specks is in the upper Ochlocknee River from Coe’s Landing and above. It’s a great place to get out of the way of those north winds, too. Bubble gum colored jigs worked last year and will likely be a good choice again this year. Night time anglers with their boats all decorated in lights have been landing good quality specks on live minnows. Just bundle up…no bug spray needed now my merry friends! Winter time is trophy time! If a big bass is on your wish list, fishing in late December through January just might be the ticket. Pre-spawn bass have been feasting on shad. Fishin’ in 8-12 feet of water around docks may very well result in fulfilling that wish. If you happen to see Santa on Talquin, keep it to yourself. It just might be your only way to stay off the naughty list!

By Je DuBree
Whippoorwill Sportsman’s Lodge-Lake Talquin
(850) 875-2605