Fishing Report :: 4/11/2014
Fished today with my boss from 9:45-4:30 out of Elm Hill.
My plan was to fish Hamilton Creek for a majority of the day. However, when we were putting in, I saw what i assume was a striper guide picking up some clients. This got me thinking… Lets head to Old Hickory Cove. The clouds were still hanging around and the wind was blowing in there. So, we headed that way. Water temps ranged from 58-63 in here with HUGE schools of shad in the main channel. We fished umbrella rigs, swimbaits and red vibration lures for the first couple of hours. We caught more whites, yellows, stripers and hybrids than I can count. The water clarity was no too clear due to the wind, but finally the algae and red/brown funk is gone. We also caught a couple of short bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
We then headed to Hamilton Creek to fish some areas that were productive at this time last year (its an annual fishing trip). The water in Hamilton Creek was ultra clear and colder than last week. The first pocket we fished maxed out at 58. We caught one keeper largemouth on the umbrella rig. We then ran to the fingers in sailboat cove. We found much warmer water here, but there was a lot of chalkiness and mud,ones due to the wind. Temps were up to 64 on the sunny banks back in the pockets. I caught one keeper largemouth on a flat side crank in 0ft of water between the road bed and the point.
Then we hit the cove at Elm Hill Summer ramp. The back of ths pocket had ultra clear water (5+ feet visibility). Water temps were 54-57. I caught one keeper largemouth back here on the flat side in almost no water. We quickly worked the area then headed to the point between the bluff and Elm Hill Marina.
At the point, I caught another keeper largemouth in 20ft of water on the umbrella rig. My boss had a couple of bites on a swimbait, but nothing hooked up. He tends to get a little too aggressive with hook sets.
My wife texted me and gave a reprieve on my return time. So, on a whim, we headed back to Old Hickory Cove. By this time, the boats were starting to show up in preparation for the evening hybrid bite. We fished a shallow area and boated another 10 big whites and small stripers on red lipless crankbaits, swimbaits and umbrella rigs. I also caught an 8″ gizzard shad on the lipless. He was hooked in the mouth. Answers the question of why all those big hybrids are back there. We also got a fat spot and doubles with a white bass and keeper largemouth on the umbrella rig in 10ft. Water temp by this time was up to 61-64. There were a lot of arches stacked up around 10-12ft on the graph, but the didn’t seem to be actively feeding.
All in all, an excellent day. The boss is happy! A conservative estimate for the day would be 50+ fish boated. It wouldn’t have been good in a bass tournament, but definitely was good for fun fishing.
Summary will be up tomorrow.
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