I would like to know what kind of bait fish live in Falls lake. I understand that Golden Shiners, and Shad are common, but I don't know what kind of shad. I am trying to find out so that I can rig up my bait to match the local forage. I had a good hit on a Rappalla baby bass top water modified lure, but I would like try to make more to have a bigger variety on hand.
Most of what I run across at falls is smaller threadfin shad - 1-3" (mostly on the smaller side), usually spit up by fish in the boat, or snagged on crankbaits. Brighter silver than the shiny side of a sheet of aluminum foil. About a perfect match for a size 5 or 7 shad rap. Occasionally see some slimmer 3-4" minnows being chased across the surface. Also tons of small bluegills & sunfish around the shorelines.
Well I was trying to figure out what color and shape I should be using if I used lizard type soft bait. I heard that a brownish gold pumpkin seed works, though I did catch a small bass on a 6in raspberry worm. It was red with a yellow/green tail. The darn thing jerked and put the hook through my knuckle. I was so excited that I didn't let him tire out before pulling him to shore. It was my first bass that I caught!
I would like to also know how do you fish them? Should I crawl, swim and drop or crank it? I think you are supossed to let it sink when it hits the water, but I can figure how to use them. Any help would be great.