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January 2023-Lake Martin Fishing Report

Lake Level: 484 (You can always find the current lake level HERE.)
Surface Temperature: 50
Clarity: Slightly stained

Happy New Year from all of us here at Lake Martin! As you can see, we have been very busy with our charter service and no doubt boating as many stripers as you’d ever want to catch. Fall fishing in 2022 will go down in the record books as one of the best we’ve had in years.

Now for January, I think the bite is going to continue to be as good as it gets. Winter fishing on Lake Martin for stripers is known to be one of the best places in the USA to catch numbers- and yes some very nice ones to say the least. This month, along with volume,we will start boating some really good quality stripers as well. If all goes well, we should start boating some 20-40 pounders this month. You never know for sure, but most years January will start to produce some trophy size stripers here.

This particular time of year I spend a fair amount of time in the larger creeks pulling planer boards searching for a trophy for our clients. There’s not a creek on Lake Martin that will not be holding some stripers this month, so don’t think you have to zero in on any certain creek. I have caught stripers in all of them in January. Being on the water 7 days a week with clients, I’ll finally find 2 or 3 creeks that will be holding some of the bigger stripers, and then I’ll concentrate in that area.

I always tell my readers and clients there’s never a bad time of year to fish. Some months may be better than others, and January is one of the better ones for sure. Purchase you some good warm apparel (I personally wear Aftco – by far the best) and get out this month and try your luck at winter fishing. You may be pleasantly surprised how fun and productive it is!

Until next time stay safe and tight lines!

Thanks to Captain David Hare with Alex City Guide Service for providing our monthly fishing report.

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January Fishing Tournaments At Lake Martin

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January 7- Wind Creek Bass Trail-OGS

January 14-MMA Winter Submission

January 21-Fishers of Men Legacy

January 21-Reel Money Team Trail 

January 28-Airport Marine High School Trail 

You can see the complete list of fishing tournaments for January-April 2023 HERE.  

Where To Find The Best Spots To Fish At Lake Martin

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With almost 900 miles of shoreline, and more than 40,000 acres, you would think it would be hard to find the best spots to fish on Lake Martin.  However, there is a place to find the exact coordinates of some of the best hotspots.  Read more HERE.

Recycle Your Christmas Trees And Help Us Create New Fish Habitats-Exact Coordinates Will Be Released This Spring 

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Lake Martin Tourism Association is teaming up with Lake Martin Resource Association and Alabama Power to create new fish habitats in the lake.  We will be releasing the exact coordinates this spring, and will let you know where the new fishing hotspots are located.