I just randomly googled Belews Lake and came across this article from last November. This is the first I ever heard of Alabama Bass in the lake and how they're actually a different species than the Spotted Bass.
Some folks would disagree, but I love to catch them!The “alabama bass” are slightly different from Kentucky spots. They get bigger. Some of our lakes have a lot of them. Belews is one of them as well as Norman, hickory, Gaston, and a couple others. They are the best thing they ever happened to belews and Norman.
Just research the tournaments at belews over the last couple weeks. I’m sure there are pictures on fb or some social media. I saw pictures of the fish but don’t have a link at the moment. But either way this was a dumb post lol doesn’t affect my life either way whether you believe there are big bass in that lake or not.I might would be more receptive to the thought of a larger bass of 7# with a picture actually on the lake. If not this time, please do so next time....you don’t have to show the area, just the fish...thanks..
They relate to the bottom and structure a lot in the post spawn and mid fall around brush piles and lay downs. This time of the year the ones that are spawning are doing so on the bottom obviously so it’s a great time to go around and fish the bank with a shakey head or ned rig and catch a lot of fish. In the middle fall a drop shot is a good choice. The jigging spoon is a winter technique there and I can tell you that it is nowhere near as effective as in the last there because everyone and their brother use it.Question for you guys about spots on Belews....I often see catches by reaction type baits that are up in the water column. Jerkbaits, crank baits, wacky rig senkos, spinner baits, spoons, A-rigs, the float & fly, etc. I've seen a lot of people vertically jigging for them, especially at the hot water discharge.
Do you guys ever catch them by keeping contact with the bottom? Traditional jigs....texas rigged worms...Ned or Neko rigs....etc? I've really been trying to learn the traditional jig & pig style jig over the years but wonder if part of my lack of success with the lure is the fact that most of the fish in the lake aren't relating to bottom cover/structure as much as they are suspended and chasing schools of bait?