Today I was out from 1:30pm-5:00pm chasing the bass with a client.
We put in at West Fork Boat Ramp and headed down towards the East/West Fork split. The water was 50 degrees and the clarity was around 2ft. Fishing the blown out bridge just in the West Fork we threw Tn-rigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits….no takers. Then we headed to the East Fork and started at East fork boat ramp. We caught two short fish there on a TN-rig. We fished up to the 840 bridge without any bites. We motored up about a half mile and started fishing different chuck rock banks with wood(most of these areas were transitions where a rock bank would meet a mud flat bank). The next 2 hours we caught 5 more, including one keeper around 2lbs(all of these fish are caught on a deep diving red crankbait and an Tn-rig). During our last hour we headed back to the West Fork, but before we did we stopped at the Smyrna pump house just inside the East fork and caught one there….almost 4lbs! Then we fished the blown out bridge again(I like that spot) with no takers again. We motored up just past where we put in at the West Fork ramp to some more chunk rock banks. On two of the rock banks we caught fish on the Tn-rig(including a 2.5lb) and missed a few.
All in all, great 4 hours out! Total, we caught 10 with 3 keepers all on Tn-rigs(1/4oz swimbait heads with 4″ white paddle flukes) and a red 8ft-12ft deep diving crankbait. The water was 50 in the West Fork and 48-49 in the East Fork and the fish were caught in 4ft-8ft.
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