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  • Current conditions on Priest

    Posted by holbc57 on June 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Would like to start of saying, I’m pretty new to the Nashville area. I am an avid fisherman, but haven’t really gotten into bass fishing until the last year or so. I’ve been fishing priest hard over the last month or so, and got into a pretty consistent rhythm of catching fish when I went out. But this was when the water was still in the upper 70’s and weather was largely overcast, and water clarity was what seemed to be the norm for priest. Up until the last few days I’ve done well on shaky heads with space monkeys and rattle traps off points in 5-10 ft of water. Had success with the same technique around the channel bend in front of Hong Kong island and the boulders in the cut through at LaVergne pump house. Yesterday using similar tactics, along with a few others, I was fishless aside from one half pound smallie. I have noticed water clarity seems to be clearer, it’s was very sunny, and and water temp was in the mid 80’s. I’m I still fishing the right general areas and techniques for conditions and the bite is just off, or do I need to start looking deeper with the warmer water? And help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    snowman replied 7 years, 10 months ago 8 Members · 13 Replies
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  • philip-nichols

    Member
    June 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Go deeper 15-20+ ledges humps with brush

  • krogers79

    Member
    June 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    +1 on what Philip said. The fish are pushing deeper every day and with the forecast expected to be in the mid 90s by the weekend, the fish will be in their full blown summer patterns very soon if they aren’t already.

  • blockel

    Member
    June 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I agree with the previous posts. I fish on the lower end and I agree, the water is really clear and with 80+ degree surface temps, the fish appear to be moving deep. I did decent last weekend fishing main lake points and a couple main lake humps. I thought I was going to lit ’em up when I scanned over the offshore humps as they had fish stacked up all over ’em but only could get a couple to bite :x. Regardless, the point is, the fish are on or close to their summer homes. Good luck!

  • rolltide

    Member
    June 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Wish I could give you an answer but during the summer
    I change over to night fishing. I hate the heat and all
    the boat traffic..
    Heading out this Sunday night for my first
    night trip of the year..
    Wish me luck….

    Chuck Howell….

  • spurgdp2016

    Member
    June 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Good luck Chuck. I will probably switch over to night also

  • holbc57

    Member
    June 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I got back out on the lake two days ago. I tried to fish a few points off the main channel near pools knob, had a few good bites, but it was so windy I could hardly tell a fish from rocks for fighting the triller motor. So I went way into the back of Stewart’s creek to get out of the wind and wore them out on 2-3ft crankbaits in sexy shad in about 2-4 ft of water. Gonna try to get there this weekend some and hit those points again.

  • blockel

    Member
    June 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm
    quote Holbc57:

    I got back out on the lake two days ago. I tried to fish a few points off the main channel near pools knob, had a few good bites, but it was so windy I could hardly tell a fish from rocks for fighting the triller motor. So I went way into the back of Stewart’s creek to get out of the wind and wore them out on 2-3ft crankbaits in sexy shad in about 2-4 ft of water. Gonna try to get there this weekend some and hit those points again.

    That’s awesome! Sounds like you should be telling us where the fish are at! 😀 Were you catching them on the actual points in Stewart or the neighboring flats?

  • Brian

    Administrator
    June 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Summer pattern is in full effect. With that said some of the shallow creeks(Stewarts creek) holds big fish all summer….you can not go back too far! The last couple days the main lake bite slowed down a bit for me, but I can still see them sitting down there. Also, once the lake comes up completely there will be a few areas that hold big fish!!!

  • holbc57

    Member
    June 10, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Haha. I am no expert by any means. Most of what I do I pick up on here. Just posting what I have observed. I have had a good bit of success on main like points, but the last few days I’ve seen a lot of visible activity way back in the creeks. Especially fish hitting the surface. If I was better at using top water tackle I’d would be fishing that more in the shallow creeks. But the shallow divers seem to do the job if you don’t mind clearing off weeds every other cast! I hope to get on the water this weekend and work some of the points a little bit harder. Gonna try working trick worms on shaky heads slowly off the drops and see what happens, if the wife lets me go that is.

  • holbc57

    Member
    June 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Went out again Saturday, started out in Stewart’s creek around 3pm and fished around for about 30 min using cranks, finesse, and some top water, but no takers. Went back out to the main lake to fish channels drops around pools knob. On the way out we spotted a recently started forest fire so we stopped to report it and waited for the green pants to show up. After that we fished between 8 and 14ft with a 10″ green pumpkin worms, one on a shakey head and one rigged standard. Caught several short fish and 1 3lb. Went back into Stewart’s creek right before dark to see if the top water bite had picked up. Didn’t see any action but threw the same finesse rigs and caught a few more 1 lb fish. Overall pretty slow still. Gonna try to hit the lake this afternoon before weather gets here and see what this falling barometer does to the bite.

  • snowman

    Member
    June 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve been catching a few good fish the last couple of days. Mainly the back of creeks and in 2 fow or less. Most on poppers and a couple on shallow cranks. Poppers have been giving up the best action for me.

  • holbc57

    Member
    June 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Haven’t been able to get the top water to work. Of course I haven’t been out when I’ve seen a lot of top water activity. The one time I was out and saw a lot in the last couple weeks I accidentally left all my top water gear at home. Go figure…

  • snowman

    Member
    June 13, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I really havent seen any activity. Top water is my go to….I always keep one rod rigged up. I’ve been throwing a popper up tight along the shore any place that has flooded grass. Fish are tight on the bank in those areas. At least thats what I’ve found the last few days

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