Yesterday I had a full day trip with a regular client and his father.
We started the morning fishing for crappie in front of Lamar Hill. Trolling crappie magnets(1/32oz), we stayed in 6ft-8ft on the channel ledge. Trolling at .8mph with several different colors; pearl, red/chart, purple/chart, Dude special, we caught around 15. We stayed in 6ft-8ft from Lamar Hill mouth all the way around the islands(going up lake) past the cut through of the island(on our left) and then on the flat heading towards Spring Creek. Red/chart definitely was the best producer.
After enough crappie to eat we headed into the Smyrna pumphouse cut through. The wind was blowing really hard and it was difficult to fish, but we managed to catch 6, including 1 nice keeper. The water was a little muddier from the other day….1ft vis. and 62 degrees. We fished with blk/blue plastic craws on Texas Rig in 1ft-3ft of water. The fish we caught were holding on the rocks….none on wood.
Next, we headed mid lake to the big island in front of Hobson Pike bridge. We fished the little rock island on the left in front of the island. Casting Texas rig lizards with 3.16oz weights, we caught 4 and missed 3! There are big rocks around the island that you can see just beneath the water in 4ft. Some of the rocks are around the rock island and some are on the back side of the bigger island between the two. Visibility was around 2ft so you could see them from 50ft away. We would cast our lizards right into the middle of the rocks or to the edge of the rocks and drag slowly. We caught 2 nice smallies, 2 largemouths and missed some hogs that came off.
Then we headed into Party Cove were all the boats were starting to pile in:( We could only fish the back left bank because of the people, but was able to catch one keeper there on our lizards(green pumpkin) in 4ft-8ft casting to the bank. After 30 minutes of listing to people on there boats cuss and talk politics…..I was more than ready to make a move.
We headed back up lake under the Hobson Pike Bridge stopping in the cove on the left just after the bridge. Before you enter the back of the cove(between the cove and the bridge), there is a flat that has big boulders on it. Again, you can see them from 50ft away as well. Just like our other spot, we cast our lizards into the rocks(4ft..62 degrees) and caught 3 more, including another nice smallmouth! My client had 2 giants get off after he set the hook…would have loved to see those fish!
Another fun day on the water. I love fishing soft plastics and setting the hook!
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