Friday I fished for 6 hours from 8am-2pm. Launching out of Fate Sanders the water was 54 degrees and almost a foot lower than the last time
I was out. Currently the level is 486.86 almost 4.5ft below summer pool. The water clarity was a little stained near marina, but MUCH clear
up near Spring Creek and even more up lake!
We started in hunt for crappie finding ourselves on the flat on the left before Spring Creek. I marked a few trees(which are in Elite Video
7) and we started casting 1/8oz Crappie Magnets in black/chart and purple/chart. With the boat in 12ft-16ft we cast into 8ft letting our jigs
sink to the bottom before slowly retrieving back. The first 45 minutes we caught several short crappie, blue gills, and 4 keeper crappie. The
bite was slower than I wanted. After we went 20 minutes without another bite we packed up our gear and moved over to the big flat
on the left after Fall Creek. There we caught a few more short fish, but no keepers! Next we tried the big bluff point on the right at the
mouth of Fall Creek. We had a few more bites but no keepers either! We decided to try our luck bass fishing so we put our crappie
rods up and pull out our bass gear.
I motored into Fall Creek and stopped across the channel from the Fall Creek boat ramp! We started on the left bank casting 3/16oz shaky heads and Alabama
Rigs. The water temperature was 56 degrees with clear 2+ft visibility! As the channel swung to the right we switched sides and started casting
to the boulder rocks. I put down my a-rig and started casting a shaky heads as well with a 7″ Zoom Trick
Worm in Mardi Gras color. Finally the action started picking up. Quickly I had 2 bites catching 1 short bass. Moments later my client
caught a short bass followed by a decent bass. The next 30 minutes we sat there getting bites every few minutes catching short(but fun) bass. The fish were
sitting in 2ft-4ft while I kept the boat in the channel around 8ft.
We continued towards the back of the creek with our shaky heads trying a spook here and there around stumps. After
an hour we motored back up to the area we were catching fish and caught a few more before we headed in for the day.
All and all, tough day! I was glad we were able to get some bites in Fall Creek, but the crappie bite was dead compared to two days earlier
when we had 25 keepers. The bass fishing was okay, but I hoped we saw bigger fish. Luckily I heard today was good on the lake and I’m looking
forward to getting back out there!
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