Angler Education

Winter Tailrace Browns at Night

Nighttime can be one of the best times to target big browns in tailrace fisheries of the South. Big browns are less spooky at night, moving out of heavy cover into areas easily approached and fished. They feed on shallow flats with slow to moderate current. Cast minnowbaits (floating and suspending), crankbaits, and unweighted minnow-imitating softbaits cross-stream. Work the bait down to its running depth and pause?letting the current sweep it along. Or cast downstream and at an angle and just hold on, letting the current sweep the lure across the river in an arc.