Yesterday I crappie fished for a couple hours in the morning followed by several hours of bass fishing. The water has come down about around 1ft and was several inches over summer pool. It is currently almost 2.5ft beneath summer pool as they are pulling the water more aggressively. When I launched the boat at Fate Sanders the water temperature was 54 with less than 1 foot visibility.
I motored over to Stewarts Creek passed the boat ramp to the next bluff wall on the left. I fished down the entire bluff wall with a 1/16 oz crappie magnet jig with a blue and chartreuse Crappie Magnet and Crappie Slab Curl. I had a few yellow belly bites on the bluff wall, but once I got to the end of the bluff wall I started catching crappie on that last point. I keep the boat in around 8 feet of water and cast to the bank around the boulder rocks and wood. I fished the bank around to the left 25 yards and was catching crappie every few minutes. The water there was 56° with 8 inches of visibility. The crappie were coming out of 3 to 6 feet of water. I went back and forth for an hour and a half and caught around 20 with 12 keepers!
Next decided to hybrid fish, but once I realized how rough the main Lake was I gave up on that. I fought the waves down to Smith Springs to try to bass fish. When I arrived in the back left cove around the YMCA Camp the water was 47 to 48 degrees with better clarity, but still poor. I decided not to fish in that cold water and headed back up lake.
I stopped at the Smyrna Pumphouse cut through and fished the entire right bank at the mouth around the boulder rocks, wood, mud, and gravel. I tried a 1/2oz white spinnerbait with bright orange painted willow blades and a squarebill crankbait in chartreuse, neon orange, neon yellow and black in 2 to 6 feet of water.
After fishing down the bank for 35 minutes without a bite I decided to move into the cut through. I stopped halfway through and tried to fish the left bank around the boulder rocks and wood from 2 to 4 feet of water, but the wind was way too strong. I moved up where I was out of the wind, where it bottlenecks with boulder rocks in deeper water. I tried my spinnerbait, a white and red spook, my squarebill, can even flipped a 3/8oz black and blue jig with a black rage crawl without a bike.
Next I moved out of the cut through on the pump house side and fished the entire left bank with the same lures in the same depth…. No action.
I decided to go into Fall Creek where I knew were there were some fish. With the water being over summer pool it’s so different back there. The water was a lot clearer with 1.5 foot visibility. The water temperature was 56 to 58 degrees! I motored across the flat in front of the boat ramp and stop at the PVC Pole on your left. I figured I’d try my Alabama Rig like I have been all winter in the same areas. With the water up and the wind ripping through it was difficult to fish. Also, the fish were not positioned the same. I fished down and made the turn to the right to get out of the wind. I tried chart/black 1/2oz rattle traps on the bluff and then switched side of the channel to fish the flat towards the back. Still no action. Casting 3/16 Oz shakey heads with a plum and blue flake Zoom trick worm I fished the mini bluff wall on the left. I broke off on the a bass right on the wall in 6 feet of water, then caught one near a keeper, followed by missing another. Those were the only three bites I had back there before I headed in for the day. All in all the lake is in a better condition. The temperature is great, and it’s start cranking up fast for both bass, crappie, and hybrid. Hopefully we don’t get too much rain in the next 7 days.
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