Lay Lake’s heavyweights

SPOTS ON THE ROCKS

"The best largemouth fishing is from Beeswax Creek south to the Lay Lake Dam," says Mark McCaig. "Beeswax, Cedar, Paint and Spring creeks all have good grass.""The best largemouth fishing is from Beeswax Creek south to the Lay Lake Dam," says Mark McCaig. "Beeswax, Cedar, Paint and Spring creeks all have good grass."
Although most tournament anglers target largemouth bass, Lay Lake also offers exceptional fishing for magnum spotted bass. Ornery Coosa River spots weighing 3 to 4 pounds are common, and it’s not unusual to see five-bass tournament limits of spots that tip the scales at 18 to 20 pounds.

“The best spotted bass fishing is from Beeswax Creek north to the Logan Martin Dam,” McCaig said.

When McCaig goes for Lay Lake’s spotted bass in February, he opts for a 1/2-ounce All-Terrain Tackle Rattling A.T. Jig tipped with a 3-inch twin curly tailed grub. He fishes this jig on 20-pound Berkley 100 Percent Fluorocarbon line.

“I pitch it behind rocks that break the current where the water’s 5 to 6 feet deep,” McCaig said. “That pattern holds up until mid-March.”

ALABAMA BASS TRAIL SOUTHERN FINALE

On June 7, 2014, Lay Lake will host the last of five tournaments in the South Division of the Alabama Bass Trail. There are also five events slated for the North Division.

Each tournament has a $10,000 guaranteed first-place prize and pays 20 places. The winner qualifies for a no-­entry-fee championship with a grand prize of a 2015 fully rigged Phoenix 619 Pro bass boat.

MEET MARK MCCAIG

Alabamian Mark McCaig resides in Oxford, about 35 miles northeast of Lay Lake. McCaig fishes bass tournaments 42 weekends a year.

Most of these events happen on the Coosa River chain of lakes, and half of those are at Lay Lake. McCaig has fished Lay Lake for the past two decades and has won back-to-back Angler of the Year titles in the Alabama North Division of the former Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series operated by American Bass Anglers.

FYI

Before you visit Lay Lake, go to www.alabamabasstrail.org. Here you’ll find detailed information about fishing locations, productive fishing patterns, local guides, campgrounds, where to stay and current river data. This website also has information about nine Alabama reservoirs and one other major river system.

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