A white swimming jig and a ChatterBait are also part of Kennedy’s arsenal during the brief shad spawning session. But, when the sun gets up and the shad quit spawning, Kennedy slows down and switches gears.
This is when he probes the edge of the grass with a 5-inch green pumpkin Kinami Flash sinking worm. Kennedy Texas rigs it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook and fishes it slowly with a 6-foot spinning rod and 10-pound monofilament.
Because of the loss of hydrilla in recent years, Eufaula’s ledges are no longer covered with this grass. Traditional ledge fishing for schools of bass, which was strong before the hydrilla took hold, is coming back.
In May, most of the postspawners have yet to move out to main-lake river ledges, Kennedy points out. Instead, they are cruising ledges in creeks as they vacate their spawning grounds.
“They’re a lot harder to find on that in-between stuff,” Kennedy says. “You have to keep moving and crank creek channels, points and cuts 6 to 15 feet deep.”
A Bomber No. 7 Fat Free Shad in the citrus color is a big player for Kennedy when he searches for ledge fish at Eufaula in this depth range. He also recommends a Poe’s 300.
After Kennedy finds a school of bass and picks off the aggressive fish with a crankbait, he switches to a Carolina rig matched with a Kinami Flash or a 10-inch worm. He drags the rig slowly through the school to coax bites from less active bass.
Before You Go
Before you visit Lake Eufaula or any Alabama reservoir, visit AlabamaBassTrail.org. You’ll find information about fishing locations and patterns, local guides and where to stay.