G-Man on Logan Martin

Cathead Rocks

As the water warms, the bass begin moving from the red clay points into the creeks. Swindle follows the fish in and typically finds them hovering near the first rocky bank he comes to. This could be riprap, but it is most often what Swindle calls “cathead rocks.”

“Those white-looking, natural rocks are common at Logan Martin,” Swindle says. “They’re fist to softball in size, and the bass love to hang on them.”

The productive depth for bass on the rocks is a little shallower than on the red clay points: 4 to 8 feet. However, the same Slender Pointer jerkbait does a number on the bass. Swindle stays with the twitch-twitch, pause cadence but shortens the pauses to four to six seconds. Here, again, he warns against overworking the bait.

Rattlebait Mania

“About mid-April, the bass start schooling on shad in the backs of pockets,” Swindle says. “That’s their last move before they head for the bank to spawn.”

The backs of the longer, deeper creeks from Stemley Bridge south to the Logan Martin Dam have the best potential, Swindle adds. He makes hay with Lucky Craft’s 1/2-ounce LVR D-7 lipless rattling crankbait in the American shad color.

“The water is still a little below winter pool then, so the banks are slick and perfect for fishing a rattlebait,” Swindle says.

He casts quartering to the bank with 14-pound fluorocarbon, holding his boat in 4 to 5 feet of water and running the rattler in depths of 1 to 3 feet. A steady medium to medium-fast retrieve does the trick. This pattern usually holds up until about mid-May, Swindle claims.

“Keep moving with the rattlebait,” Swindle stresses. “You might hit two or three pockets and not catch a bass. Then, you’ll catch 18 pounds in the next pocket.”

Go Here First

Before you visit Logan Martin or any Alabama reservoir, visit www.alabamabasstrail.org. Here you’ll find detailed information about nine lakes and two major river systems, including fishing locations, productive fishing patterns, local guides, campgrounds and where to stay.

For Logan Martin Lake, also contact: Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2200 Ninth Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203-1100; (800) 458-8085, (205) 458-8000; www.birminghamal.org.