What a day! It is amazing the changes Percy Priest Lake has gone through in just 12 hours. The last few weeks it has been cold and clear…..now, after a few days in the 60’s and 1 hour of pouring rain last night, the upper end of the lake is 57 degrees, chocolate milk, and rising!
I knew starting the day there would be muddy water pouring into the lake, but I had no idea the amount there would be.
As soon as we approached Spring and Fall Creek you could see a sharp mud line…I thought “well, whats plan B?” I turned left to the big flat between Spring and Fall Creek, the muddy water had not worked up there yet. We started casting Rat 2.75 Red Shad rattle traps and Minnow 2.5 Thread Fin crankbaits to the rocks in 1ft-5ft. We only had one bite, but it was a big one. She worked herself up to the surface, made her presence know and released the bait.
Next we motored to the back of Spring Creek(knowing it was muddy). I wanted to go past where the Spring feeder creek is to the very back. My thoughts were that it would be a little clearer there. As we arrived I could see the change in the water after feeder creek….it was clearer! We started casting Rat 2.75 Red Shads and spook 4.0….nothing. I picked up a Minnow 2.5 Tread Fin and started casting on the last “S” curve before the bridge and picked up a short bass. *****It was 55 back there***
Next we headed into Stewart Creek, but not the back. I was looking for side pockets off the creek channel where the mud had not filled up yet. Halfway back Stewart, there is a ski boat track I call ski boat cove. The water was 56 there and stained. Casting the same baits, we caught another short bass on a SquareB Chart/Shad and had another fish whack it.
Next was Sister Cove. The other week the water temp was 46 there and I caught some giant bass, so I thought it would be a good idea to give it a try. Casting Thread Fins down the entire right bank…..nadda.
I decided to try mid lake, so I headed to the bank between Four Corners Marina and Hobson Pike bridge. The first observation I made was that it was 45 degrees. I fished 300 yards of bank with no bites and felt like I needed to go back up lake, but not before I fished the back of Fate Sanders Marina. Tons of bait, 56 degrees and feeling optimistic. We had 2 bites back there, one missed strike and another on a Minnow 2.5 TF….2.5lbs.
After lunch I headed back to Spring Creek and fished the largest cove on the right about 500 yards in on the right. The water was clearer as I hoped, 57 degrees and more bait. There we had 3 bites! One short bass, a 3lb largemouth and another missed strike on a Rat 2.75 Red Shad!
Our last spot was Lamar Hill. We fished the flat on the right when heading to the back(before the boat ramp). The water was clearer, but still stained. A lot of bait on the graph and the wind was blowing right into the bank. In 200 yards we had two bites on the Rat 2.75 Red Shad. One about ripped the hand out of my clients hand and the other was a 5lb hog!
All and all, it was a good day. We were very limited where we could fish with the muddy water, but I felt like we figured out a pattern(trying to fish the stained water that was not completely muddy where the water was in the mid 50’s with bait). With the warm water temperature, now we just need this chocolate milk water to move on out. The upper end of the lake will take a week or so, the creeks will take a few days.
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