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  • Posted by Brian on February 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    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!

    Brian replied 10 years ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • dakota

    Member
    February 27, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Thanks for the report. I went out to the steam plant a few hours in the afternoon earlier this week. Put in at Flippers water was 56 or so at the yellow barrier at the steam plant. Used my castnet for the threadfin then caught a couple nice fighting drum and that was it. Did catch about 5 skippies I used for my striper rig, but no bites. There was one huge blow up which im sure it was a striper. Starting casting 6 inch plastic swimbait and jumping minnow, but no bites. Plenty of bait that’s for sure. Water was stained but not chocolate milk. Looks like we have more rain coming too. I do not like muddy water at all.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    February 27, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Yea, it was tough up there. I wish the water was clearer. Ready for March!

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