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  • Posted by Brian on August 24, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    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!

    eanderson replied 7 years, 6 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • krogers79

    August 24, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Two Sunday afternoons ago, I ran a trap and squarebill pattern on flats where I have caught them in the past and we boated over 30 fish that afternoon. Ran the same pattern Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon and caught maybe 10 fish between both trips. I was convinced that the cloud cover on Saturday morning was keeping the fish out deeper; however, Sunday afternoon was pretty sunny and the bite just wasn’t there. I’m ready for low 80 degree day and only needing those two baits to catch all the fish you want to catch.

  • Brian

    August 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I hear that!

  • errwik

    August 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    It has been tough on Priest. I am heading there in the am and going to try some rattle traps and square bills. Thanks for the info guys. I was out last Thursday and boated not one fish in 3 hours. Used everything I could think of, no dice.

  • chawchaw

    August 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I went out yesterday for 3 hrs as well and caught nothing from 7-10am
    I tried Stewart’s creek bank all the way through, jones mill , and the first cut through with shakey heads and trick worms and crank baits . Then as I’m pulling the bot outta the water a teenage kid on the dock pulled in a 2 pounder . Should’ve stayed closer lol

  • krogers79

    August 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    We are fishing the all night tourney tomorrow night and I am hoping the bite picks up around midnight.

  • eanderson

    August 27, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Ive only been out a few times since I have been off work with a shoulder problem. Everytime the fish Ive found have been up in the grass. Only way Ive caught any is throw a light weighted worm upon the grass and slowly pull it off and let it drop in front of the grass line. They swallow it every time. If you let it splash they wont eat it or even bump it. Caught several 3-4lb fish this way each time Ive been out. If you go back into stewarts creek way back into the creek part the grass is about 6ft tall and almost all the way across the water at some parts.


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