South Alabama Division to Fish Lake Jordan

The Alabama South Division 2 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its third tournament of the season April 27, 2013, on Lake Jordan.The competitors will launch at Bonner’s Landing, located on Bonners Point Road in Wetumpka. Anglers may begin fishing at 5:45 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. April 26 at Bonners Landing. Registration late fees begin April 17.Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five fish in any combination of largemouth or spotted bass, each at least 12 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. For Alabama fishing license information, go here or call 888-848-6887.Part of the Alabama Bass Trail, Lake Jordan dates to 1928 and spreads across 6,800 acres near Wetumpka about 25 miles north of Montgomery. An adjacent basin impounded in 1967 connects to the main lake through a canal.The southernmost impoundment on the Coosa River offers anglers about 188 miles of shorelines. Weeds, abundant rocks, bluffs dropping into deep water and woody cover create excellent bass habitat. A fertile impoundment with a good forage base, Lake Jordan ranks among the best waters in the state for fast growth rates among both largemouth and spotted bass. The lake contains an excellent population of shad, keeping bass healthy.With the huge shad population in the lake, many anglers throw willow-leaf spinnerbaits, rattlebaits or crankbaits in shad patterns. Topwater baits also work well around the shorelines and dock pilings. Anglers also use Carolina rigs with finesse worms in green pumpkin, watermelon or similar colors dragged over bottom humps and ledges.In the spring, many bass spawn under the docks to take advantage of the cool, shady waters beneath them. Docks also provide excellent ambush cover and overhead protection from birds of prey seeking to eat the adult bass or offspring. Flip the pilings with jigs or skip small soft plastic temptations like tubes under the docks. Short and compact, but slightly chunkier than worms, Texas-rigged tubes skip under cover more easily than other baits.“I can reach places with a tube that I can’t put a worm or similar bait,” said Alton Jones, a former Bassmaster Classic champion. “A tube gives me access to fish that other people won’t even attempt to reach. I like old, crusty wooden docks with large diameter pilings the best. I also look for secondary structure, like brush piles. I also like docks near pathways that bass use, like creek channels or little ditches. I look for some type of bottom structure that funnels fish into a particular spot, like a creek channel or little ditch that swings in close to a dock or even under it.”At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. For more information, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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