Bass Fishing Creek Drains with Jerkbaits and Jigs


Bass fishing in the winter and pre spawn time is the perfect time to fish jerkbaits and other slow moving lures. Ins this tournament fishing vlog video, I am fishing with Grant against 2 other teams including Andrew Flair and The Fish Whisperer. We are in winter but the warm weather and high water temps from the power plant lake have the surface temps in the low 70’s. This has convinced the largemouth bass that they need to start getting ready to spawn. Grant and I are are fishing drains creek drains leading into major spawning flats using a jerkbait and a jig. Jerkbait fishing is perfect for this time of year where bass are suspending in upper half of the water column to warm up. Fishing a bass jig on the bottom can also be effective at targeting docks and trees that around close to these spawning flats and the creek channels leading into them. This lake had standing timber in it, which made it very easy to see exactly where the creek channels are and it created a map of where the bass are moving in and out of. We found the the smaller male bass were moving up on the flats when the sun came out to start feeding and getting ready to make beds for the big female largemouth bass. The bigger bass liked to stay along the creek drains close to the timber. We targeted these big bass by throwing the jerkbaits and jig as close to the cover as possible and using a few seconds of pauses between hops and jerks. Bass fishing these creek drains with jerkbaits and jigs can be a pattern for catching big bass in winter all the way through the post spawn.

Andrew Flair –
Fish Whisperer –
Justin Stokes –
Grant –
Charlie –
Jake –

Justin Rackley, known as Lakeforkguy in the fishing world, creates fishing and outdoor videos on youtube and other social platforms. LFG provides fishing tips and techniques for mostly largemouth bass fisheries but also travels to other freshwater and saltwater fishing spots to explore new fish species and fishing techniques to show as many fishing places as possible and help you catch more fish. Lakeforkguy likes to hang out on any fishing vessel or go bank fishing with his other YouTube Fishing friends and vlog with his Wife Stephanie and french bulldog Winston.

Shimano Metanium MgL (On the Jig Rod) –
Curado 70 XG (On the Spoon rod) –
Citica 200HG (On Jig Rod) –

Jig Rod 1 – Shimano Zodias 7’2″ Medium Heavy
Jig Rod 2 – G Loomis NRX 854 Jig and Worm
Spoon Rod – G Loomis IMX 954 Jig and Worm

15LB Berkley Big Game

DSLR Camera (Panasonic GH4) –
Static Shot (Gopro Hero 4 Black) –
Metabones Speedbooster 4/3 EF Mount –

Canon 24-105mm L Lens –
Rokinon 14mm WIDE –

Sony UWPD11/42 Lavalier Microphone –
Gopro Chesty Lav Mic (Cheap) –
DSLR Shot Gun Mic –

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  1. hey justin, I just got a chronarch ci4 for Christmas in the 6.2.1 ratio, what techniques would be best for it? I also have 2 green machine bantams on older imx rods i use for topwater and crankbaits and a 7.3 citica on an e6x med heavy I use for jigs and Texas rigs… any recommendations on a good rod for my chronarch under 200 bucks ( I plan eventually to get a new glx). also, since you fished a lot of tournaments I'm sure you've missed scout days before , considering I'm in high school and I'm in an accelerated program where I graduate with an associates degree as well, I have to miss my scout and practice days alot. any recommendations for doing my homework on the bodies of water I will be fishing ? I know this is alot of info but thanks in advance man, you've helped me alot the past few months become a fantastic angler … my family calls me the bass master lol..

  2. How do you avoid hooking onto anything in the open water like that with jerkbait (or any weedless hook set up I guess)?

  3. i just got the Stradic FK 4000 spinning reel for christmas that u use in this video and i love it. I've used ot every day since.

  4. Great video man. I'm becoming a big fan. I'm really enjoying and am inspired by your recent work. Thanks for sharing your story and knowledge. The collaborations are awesome also! 👍🏼🇺🇸

  5. What would be the best lure for schooling bass or any schooling fish. They school around this dock in a local pond at the same time every day. What should I do?

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