(Sutton) — Josh Querrey of Summersville rifled through the storage compartments on the deck of his Ranger bass boat. The young angler who aspires to work his way up the ladder in tournament fishing fumbled through various packages of plastic lures, looking for just the right bait among the seemingly endless selection.
"There’ll still be a few fish on the bed," said Querrey as we prepared for a morning of fishing on
Josh went on to say once the fish spawn, they become finicky and they can be found just off the shallow banks staging under cover, normally in this lake the top of a fallen tree.
Sutton was among the first of the
"This tree coming up here is the kind you’ll get a better fish." Josh told me as we flipped and pitched baits up into downed timber. "That one’s kind of small with little limbs, but you get a bigger tree with a "v" in the limbs, it will hold a better fish."
Josh says while targeting laydowns is where you’ll find the highest percentage of bites in the springtime, it’s still effective to make sure you make a mental note of every fish you see. Keep track of what kinds of limbs the fish were holding to. Were the limbs smaller? Were the fish more oriented to the thicker trunks? Were they in the tops of the trees in deeper water or were they holding tighter to the bank near the trees’ former roots? Did the fish attack your bait from a limb lying parallel to the bank or one jutting straight out? These questions will help you decipher a pattern than fish may be following during the course of a fishing day.
"You want to run a pattern," explains Josh who fishes tournaments around the state as a member of the Mid-State Marine Fishing Team. "Sometimes you can really dial in and when you figure out what kind of trees they’re holding on, you fish that from one end of the lake to the other."
The baits for this time of year are also a key factor. Josh chose to run a floating worm in hopes of coaxing a bass to the surface. I "deadsticked" a Senko rigged in
We wound up boating about nine-fish on our adventure across the lake, the largest about 15-and-a-half inches. Josh admits that’s not the greatest showcase for a lake that offers a lot of spring time potential, but again points out post spawn fish will not bite as readily after spawning has left them low on energy.
Sutton is easily accessed at the Flatwoods exit of I-79 with signs directing you to the Bee Run Recreation Area. The area features a public boat launch facility as well as bank fishing. You’ll also find a marina, picnic area, and swimming area around Bee Run. For more information on