Yesterday I went out with a client to scout for crappie. We put in a Cedar Creek Marina, the water was 45 and chocolate milk. We ran up into Station camp and started fishing the right branch in the back. Using the side scan, we located tons of bait on the last 2 bluffs in 15ft-25ft. We tight lined minnows and Crappie Magnets with no luck. We tried trolling the channel ledge for 300 yards while marking bait…..not a sniff. After an hour or so we headed to the split at the mouth of Station Camp and fished the rip rap banks in 15ft-20ft. Tons of bait and wood, caught a couple little ones.
Next we went into Spencer Creek. The water was really clear, but still 45 degrees. We hit a few brushpiles with no success.
We motored up to the steam plant to get out of the brutal, cold wind. The water was 54, but still muddy…….we caught 2 shad. lol
Then we moved up to a pocket I like above the steam plant on the right(across from the water in-take wall). The water was clearer there and 50 degrees! With bait on the sonar in 6ft-12ft we quickly caught a decent largemouth on a grub, missed a slab crappie and had tons of bluegill bites and two more small bass. After fishing the cove we headed back down to Cedar Creek. We started fishing the big bluff wall on the left. Tons of bait still on the screen we dropped down our minnows and Crappie Magnets. Within 5 minutes we caught a nice 14″ white crappie and 11″ black crappie on a CM and a couple short crappie on minnows.
We headed to the ramp after a tough day. Between the muddy, cold water and the wind, it really hindered our success. With all the bait piled in the creeks we just need the water to climb in to the mid 50’s and the crappie and bass will be turning on.
Old Hickory is usually behind Percy Priest a few week. Hopefully spring comes soon!
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