April 12 and 13
Wednesday I fished 8 hours with two clients. We caught over 20 bass with five keepers for around 10lbs. We focused mid lake and doen lake where the water temperature was 57 to 59 degrees with 2-3 foot visibility.
We started at Bird Island just before Hobson Pike Bridge. We went around almost the entire Island catching 6 or 8 with a couple keepers. I kept the boat in 6 to 12 feet of water while we cast 3/16 oz shaky heads with either green pumpkin or purple Zoom trick worms. The fish seemed to be biting better around the sandy banks with boulder rocks.
Next we moved to Smith Springs and fished around the YMCA dock in the back. We stayed in 8-10ft and dragged our shaky heads along a 100 yard stretch catching another 6 or so with a couple keepers. The point next to the dock was the most productive.
We cruised down further to Hamilton Creek and fished just passed Anderson campground boat ramp on the left. Again, dragging shaky heads we caught 4-5 with another keeper. We fished a 50 yard stretch with the boat in 8 feet of water. We also tried Anderson recreational boat ramp. We fished a 100 yards without a single bite.
We ended behind Mousetail Island fishing the entire back side. We caught a few back there as well out of 3 – 6 feet of water on shaky heads.
All in all, it was a fun day with a great father and son pair. Lots of bites and lots of fish!
Today I crappie fished in the 20 to 40 miles per hour wind. I was on the pontoon boat with four gentleman so we were limited where we could go and how we could fish.
We used floats with minnows and jigs(pearl and chart crappie magnets? in a few areas to produce 20 crappie, including 15 keepers. The entire trip we stayed in 4 to 8 feet of water casting to the bank in 2-6 feet of water.
We caught our fish to the left of Pooles Knob boat ramp all the way to the flat where it is super shallow. Also, Jones Mill Cove on the right bank. Straight across from Fate Sanders boat docks, but it was too windy and we never got a bite. Then we tried the smaller cove across the channel from Fate Sanders and caught a couple short fish, but no keepers. Then we moved in the Stewarts Creek and bounced around a few stake beds catching several nice keepers. We ended up with a nice mess of crappie for a fish fry and heading to the marina.
Fun day on the lake. I wish we could have some normal weather for once….. although the sun shine was very pleasant.
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