April 2 and 3
Yesterday I fished the morning until lunch with two guys out of Four Corners Marina. I pick them up at 6:30am and we headed to the back the cove. Starting on the first point on the left where the water temperature was 60 degrees and 1.5ft visibility, we picked up a Shad colored Jr Whopper plopper, Heddon red and white spook, and a Rebel crawfish crankbait. I put the boat in 6-8 feet as we started casting into 1-3ft before the rocks dropped off into deeper water. We caught one 3lb largemouth very quickly on the Whopper plopper! The next 45 minutes we fished all the way down the left bank fishing several points and stumps without a bite. I idled over to the back right side of the cove and we cast 1/4oz Strike King red rattle traps and crankbaits to the boulder rocks in 1ft-3ft. I had one blow up on my spook that did not hook up and that was it. I motored out of the no wake zone and parked the boat on the east side of Mousetail Island. Fishing the entire bank with crawl crankbaits, 1/4oz shaky heads with green pumpkin Zoom trick worms, and Strike King 1/4oz jigs with a green pumpkin Paca chuck trailer. This back has an awesome drop with boulders and wood. We caught 4 bass off the rocky point in 3ft and missed 3-4 more while fighting to the boat. One of which was a very large! I motored down to the next Island, Bird Island, and we fish the northwest point facing Hobson Pike Bridge. As soon as we arrived we started casting into 2ft to the boulder rocks off the sandy point. We caught 4-5 decent bass very quickly. We continued down the west side of Bird Island with two more small fish. Next week cruised under Hobson Pike Bridge and took a left to the cut through towards Hole-in-the-wall bluff. We fished the boulder rocks leading up to the bluff. We had 2 bites there, both were small. I kept the boat 8 foot while we cast in 2ft and dragged over the boulders back slowly with our trick worms. From there we cruise to Smith Springs boat ramp and fished a couple of the main points with the flat rock coming out into 8 feet. This is one of my favorite spots and we were all throwing our shaky heads, but we never got a bite. Next, we cruise to the Anderson Beach cut-through and fish the rocks on the left immediately after you passthe last swimming buoy. We caught two bass there in 4ft and lost three others, none of which were big. The water clarity down here was greater than 2 feet at 61 degrees. Our last spot was in Hamilton Creek on the left after you pass Anderson Campground boat ramp. I drove to the back of the Cove on the left in front of the cat tails and we fished in 2 to 6 feet of water while we sat in 8 to 10 feet. We caugth 4 bass there, but none of them were keepers. All came out of 3ft-6ft.
Yesterday I crappie fished for several hours in the afternoon. I focused around Pooles Knob boat ramp, behind the left island passed the first cut through, and Jones Mill Cove the first hour and a half. We fished about 12 trees and call probably caught 20 something crappie with 6 keepers. The trees and 8 to 12 feet are loaded with crappie, but a lot of them are small. We are fishing with Crappie Magnets fish on 1/16th and 1/8 ounce crappie jigs. I was using black and purple, and purple and pink Crappie Magnets. Most of the fish came out of the deeper trees, but we were able to catch a couple out of 2-3ft in the back of Jones Mill casting jigs to the boulders. The next hour we fished the cove across from Fate Sanders Marina and struck out. Then we went to the left point coming off of Stewart’s Creek mouth that leads into the main Channel. With the boat in 12 to 15 feet we cast to the boulders and isolated wood in 4-6ft. we caught several short crappie and a couple gigantic crappie full of eggs. Most of the crappie in the Fate Sanders area full of eggs, but we are starting to see a lot of short fish in the mix. Today I had a guide go down lake around Hong Kong and Bryant’s Grove and they had 20-something keepers very quickly. The crappie spawn is migrating throughout the lake. I’ll be out all week chasing the fish and will continue reporting.
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