The white bass bite is still going strong, as I found out last Thursday when I visited my favorite winter spot, the heated dock at Lake Shawnee.
While I was jigging a brushpile, one of my jigs got stuck on a limb and I lost it, but as luck would have it I pulled something even better out as my top jig caught hold of a snagged Johnson Beetle Spin. If you’ve never used a Beetle Spin, which despite their simple design are absolute fish catchers, go pick some up. The one I pulled out was a white body with a red dot on a black jig head. I took off the blade and tied it on like a crappie jig with a Crappie Nibble tipped on the hook, then threw it out near a huge school of shad and quickly started getting bites.
I had been resting it on the railing, but soon picked it up so I could feel the bite and caught another 11-inch white bass. A few casts later, I caught a warmouth, though I was confused because of its coloring. It had red behind the gill plate and was bronze and brown, looking almost like a baby smallmouth bass. I threw it back and soon caught a larger white bass, this one measuring 12 inches, marking my third fish in about 15 minutes. After that, the bite died down again, but man, it was a blast.
Still have yet to see a trout, but I’m holding out hope.