Yesterday I fished with 2 friends from 830am-3pm. It was nice get back on the water and wet a line. We, or should I say “they” caught around 10 bass with maybe 2 keeper. When we started the water was 81 degrees and when we ended it was 86.
We started way up in the West Fork pass the West Fork boat ramp.They pulled out Texas rig Speed Craws in green pumpkin and I picked up a black and blue 1/2oz jig with a Big Bite brown and blue 3″ swimming craw. We stopped at the little bridge on the right 2 turns after the West Fork boat ramp. With the boat in 12 feet of water we flipped and pitched all around the bridge underneath in the shade without a bite. We continued flipping and pitching for the next two hundred yards focusing on shady parts of the bank with logs, stumps, and rocks. We caught 2 fish, 1 keeper a little over two pounds and one short fish. All the fish we caught were right on the bank in the shade up against some type of structure. As we got further up we tried to Carolina riging a flat with stumps, but never got a bite. After 2 hours we decided to abandon the river and start heading back down. I stopped at the intersection of the East and West Fork and we fished the main point. With the boat sitting in 18 -22 feet we cast our soft plastics including a Carolina rig red worm to the point where we marked a few fish on the down Imaging in 10ft. After 15 minutes without a bite we pulled up the trolling motor. I stopped at the bluff wall on the left before the Jefferson Pike bridge heading down like. We flipped our soft plastics and jigs to the bluff wall for over a hundred yards focusing on the shady pockets and rocks. I like this bank because the shade stays on it until 11am. We caught 2 fish here and both were short. h
However I hooked into a quality 3-4 pounder on my jig that I brought to the surface before he shook free.
Next we motored to the mouth of Fall Creek in the main channel and fished the main point that comes off the bluff wall. Sticking to our plastic worms, jigs, and crawfish I kept the boat in the channel while we cast on top of the point is 8 – 12 feet. Another 30 minutes without a bite we decided to change plans. Across the channel on the Fall Creek flat I saw a bunch of bait splashing on the flat. This is a flat in between Spring and Fall Creek. We idled into 5 feet of water and tied on shad raps(in baby bass pattern), squarebill crankbaits(in shad pattern), and a swimbait. Right as we pulled up they started feeding on the surface in front of the boat. We made long and had a few fish on quickly. The school went down and we move to the grass coming out of the rock humps on the flat. One of my friends caugh a 14″ bass on his Strike King 1.5 shad color crankbait. This fish came out of 2 feet of water right on the grass edge. I continued around the rocks catching one more short fish. Lastly, we went in to Stewarts Creek pass the second boat ramp and fish the point across from the riprap rocks. At this point I have not caught a fish……. I’ve been watching them catch a few throughout the day. Nothing changed at this spot either! They caught 2 on the point, one short fish and one 2.5lb keeper. Both came in 3-4 feet of water right off the point. One was on a Strike King series 5 head sexy shad and the other was on a Texas Rig speed craw green pumpkin with chartreuse claws chartreuse. We fished all the way to the back of Stewarts Creek about as far as we could go catching two more short fish, but no keepers. It was 3 o’clock and time to head in.
All in all, tough day!!! I never landed a single fish and watched them catch for 4-5 each. For the most part it’s just tough on Priests right now. I can’t wait for it to cool down. Luckily, September is not far away and sooner than later we will be up shallow fishing the grass with topwater lures!
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