Catch of the Day
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O’Dowd is a shallow and sprawling lake with murky water and a lot of good structure and cover to fish. I had a very windy and cloudy late august day to give this lake a try. I began fishing down the shoreline right from the boat ramp fishing a shallow diving crankbait and caught my first bass off a fallen tree.
This lake has plenty of fallen trees laying down into the lake along the shoreline. Lots of branches and brush have also fallen into deeper water and are sitting on the bottom with nothing above the water for us to see and tell us that they are there. I just cast and wind the crankbait down the shoreline searching for some of that submerged brush with the crankbait.
I tried many other lures and had very little success on any of them. About the only lure that would work for me was a crankbait. I started out with a Mann’s B1 Minus crankbait fishing it very shallow (it swims less than one foot deep) but later switched to a Bandit crankbait that dives a little deeper (six feet or less). The deeper Bandit crankbait turned out to be the most productive lure for me.
The abundance of islands, points, and coves on this lake make it an excellent lake to fish on a windy day because you can always find plenty of places out of the wind to fish. Even if it wasn’t a very nice day to be out on the water it sure was a good day to be fishing. Lots of bass were caught and released in the making of the video below.
watch how you can too can catch lots of bass on windy days.
Lures Used: Crankbait, and Texas rigged worm. Water Clarity: Murky. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Late Summer. Cover/Structure: Brush, weed lines. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Fishing crankbaits and Fishing in the wind.