We started the day targeting fish offshore. In Summer most lakes have two groups of fish, those that stay shallow after they spawned and those that moved offshore. When lakes begin to rise the shallow fish are most impacted by the rising water. They will typically push up along the new shoreline and can be incredibly difficult to target. By staying offshore and targeting fish on structure (humps, ledges, and long tapering points) we’re able to get on a much more consistent pattern without having to bury ourselves in cover.

High rising water is much more difficult in early Spring when bass are moving up in the prespawn. After the spawn its much easier to simply target the off shore bass. Whether the water stays clear or turns to mud, the fish will typically stay positioned the same way they were before the flooding began. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear that we were using to catch fish on Tenkiller Lake.


Jackall Gantarel: http://bit.ly/2adZI3R

Keitech 4.3″ Swimbait (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Keitech 3.8″ Swimbait (Crystal Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v


Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Stefan Guppy Head 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Matt’s Keitech Combo…

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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