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What is the correct method to fish a lake that is in the process of turnover?


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Here on Claytor, I fish shallower, and fish muddy water. When I do find fish, it's places I usually don't. I hate turnover, especially at Claytor, it's often like fishing in a septic tank.
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Turn over is tough. Here in the south most of our lakes are very shallow and thankfully the turnover happens quickly. Here on a couple of my lakes it actually happens in just a couple days, and in those days, may as well go to breakfast and take your time getting to the lake because it's going to be tough.

On our deeper lakes the turnover can take much longer and unfortunately it scatters the fish. Without a thermocline for them to associate too, they scatter to the wind so to speak. Follow the bait, ie wind blown banks. Crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, chatter baits and cover water. You can still find them deep on points and ledges as well, but it's been my experience that the turn over signals the run to the creeks for most fish species.
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Here is a video from Paul Mueller a Dobyns Pro about turnover fishing.

https://youtu.be/DpvJsqtnszg

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I wish Claytor looked that good during turnover!  lo
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Run and gun, catch a fish slow down for a bit then off and at em again. Fishing green grass can be good. I dislike the stink some lakes give off.
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Run and gun, catch a fish slow down for a bit then off and at em again. Fishing green grass can be good. I dislike the stink some lakes give off.
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Yup, Claytor sure gets the stink, the water becomes heavily stained, and all the debris. I have to scrub and wash the hull as soon as I get home. 
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In eastern New Mexico, the lakes would turnover, but in Arizona they don't.  The water is deep and it doesn't get cold enough...

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What is the correct method to fish a lake that is in the process of turnover?

Find a lake that isn't in or is past turn over. lo
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