Fishing Report for Old Hickory…?Posted by blockel on October 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm
I’m currently trying to figure out where I want to go this weekend and I was curious if there were any reports from the ‘Hick? Any input would be appreciated, thanks!
MemberOctober 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm
no reports for OH here…
i’m trying to figure out the same thing. where should i go? i’ve been leaning towards the cumberland river. every year we have good days on the river from early October to late November. so much of it though has to do with current. the generation schedule right now is totally bizarre with most generation occurring from 5pm-9pm. let me know what you decide on. i’m hoping to get out on Friday and Sunday. so, might do Priest then the River. if i end up at OH, i’ll drop a note about how it goes.
MemberOctober 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Don’t know what your fishing for. I was able to get out about an 1-1/2 hour after work yesterday and caught 6 nice crappie tight lining jigs around docks with boat or lift in them. I was using crappie magnet black and chart down about 6 feet, docks were in 8 to 12 FOW. heard from a guy at the Cairo ramp they were catching some nice bass early am in Bledsow around structure. The cove I was in did not have signs of bait fish in it which is unusual for that cove.
MemberOctober 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm
Simple – What section of the Cumberland do you usually fish? I live a stone throw from the launch in Shelby Park but haven’t had much luck in that area. Granted, I only fished it once and it was in the middle of the Summer, when water temps where 85+ degrees. But having said that, excluding Mill Creek, I didn’t come across much structure/cover that really looked that great. It appeared to be a giant dredged out boat channel… Any help would be really appreciated!
MemberOctober 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm
We must live close to one another. I live in Edgefield, but stopped using the ramp at Shelby Bottoms after tearing up a prop from my old boat on a large rock that someone had dumped at the end… We usually fish from Neely’s Bend [where the Stones River meets the Cumberland] up to the OH Dam. I do like fishing around downtown and have had success down there. I just don’t head that way much anymore. If I were going to fish from Shelby, I would run up to around Opry Mills first. There are a couple of good rockpiles, shoals and such around that area. The stretch of the river that extends up from the General Jackson mooring to the Briley Parkway overpass is also good. We usually try to focus on anywhere there is rock. So, if there is a bend in the river that has bluff walls or chunk rock, that’s what we try to fish around. I’ve also had a few good days between downtown and Bordeaux – there is an old lock down across from Metro Center that has a lot of concrete and rock that holds fish. For the most part, in the summer, your best bet is to only fish when there are 2 or more generators running. Between a 4yo, a job, and a regular fishing partner, my schedule is a little full, but I’d be happy to try to find some time to go out with you to show you what we do.
MemberNovember 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Simple – Thanks a ton! I’ll most likely give it a whirl this weekend. Is there any particular website you use to check the generation schedule on the cumberland?
MemberNovember 6, 2013 at 6:45 pmquote simplecircuit:
I never got a chance to thank you, Simple. I ended up going out Saturday afternoon for a few hours and though I didn’t connect with anything huge, I did manage to catch quite a few fish. Mostly spots, which I haven’t caught many of in my day, so that was pretty cool. Just like you said, right around the rock piles across from the General Jackson mooring dock was where I had the most luck. Those rock piles seemed to create a little eddy and they were pretty stacked up at times. Anyhow, thanks again!
MemberNovember 8, 2013 at 8:42 am
I’ve found that if the spots are biting, the smallies typically aren’t. I’m not sure what you were throwing around those rock piles, but I know that dragging a tube around them can produce some decent fish. I’ve also heard of guys fishing big heavy spinnerbaits on the secondary channel drop for smallies in the winter. I’m assuming they were slow rolling them. Anyways. I’m glad it worked out for you. Did you out in at Shelby bottoms? The ramp looks like it drops off too shallow to launch from these days.
MemberNovember 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm
I was primarily catching the spots on a tube! You’re right about the smallies, I had a couple hooked up on a crankbait but wasn’t able to boat ’em. It seems like the spots were dominating the rock piles b/c both of the smallies I had on were located in a small eddy right in front of the rock pile I was fishing.
Is there a particular time of year that you like to focus on fishing the Cumberland or does it just depend on how you feel?
I did launch from Shelby Park and luckily I’ve only got a 14′ aluminum boat. Thinking back on it when I backed my trailer in I noticed my trailer drop pretty significantly like it had reached the end of the concrete slab :shock:… If my boat was any bigger, it’d definitely be less than ideal.
MemberNovember 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm
Long Answer ::
In terms of fishing on the river…
I used to fish the Cumberland almost exclusively during the summer due to the lack of boat traffic. I used to fish out of an aluminum Tracker which was easy to take in and out at any of the ramps. Since it was aluminum, I’d just drive it up on the ramp to take out. Now I’m in a fiberglass BassCat – which i know can be bumped up onto the ramp, but I’m just not crazy about doing… So, we put in at Neely’s Bend or at the new ramp in Donelson on the Stones River.
All that being said…
My favorite time of year to fish on the river is right now. I love fishing the river in the middle to late fall. Also, I like to fish when there is some current running [preferably right when it starts running]. Several years ago, I broke off the biggest smallmouth I’ve ever seen in late-October. I was pitching a finesse jig to rocks with a log down on an outside bend in the river while the current was running pretty well. I got the fish up next to the boat and made the foolish mistake of trying to show off and line lift the fish into the boat. It got up to the dorsal fin before my 15lb fluorocarbon popped. I’ll never forget it. I also always go back to that spot at this time of year to fish the past. There’s always fish there, but not any like that one…
As it gets closer to winter, you might try fishing closer to the Old Hickory bridge. Around Hill Island is a good place to fish when the sun is high and the current is running. There are a lot of scattered rocks/boulders between the island and the channel that break the current and hold heat. I’ve also had a good amount of success fishing the mouth of the Stones at this time of year.
Otherwise, I’m always open to fishing the river if it looks like the water is at a certain level and the current is running. I’ve never checked what that level is in terms of depth at the tailrace. If you look at riverfront from the east bank of the river, I prefer the water to be up to the concrete on the far right side. I also have some visual things I look for from my office downtown.
Short answer ::
Late fall is my favorite time. Current and generation schedule is a must for me to fish the river. I’ll also fish the river any time the water is up high in the summer and late spring after rains. Just be careful and look out for logs/trees/debris.
MemberNovember 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm
MemberNovember 11, 2013 at 1:56 am
Simple – Awesome insight. I really appreciate it. And congrats (2 years later) on catching that beast pig!
I ended up going to the Neely’s Bend ramp to tool around on Saturday afternoon. According to the TVA website there was one generator running but it didn’t appear to have much of an effect, as the river seemed very stagnant. Having said that, the Stone Creek did have a significant amount current running through it and for that very reason, that’s where I chose to spend most of my time. Unfortunately, it may have been the wrong decision b/c I only ended up catching two fish, one of which was a good’n pushing 3 lbs on a homemade jig (pictured below). Catching a fish on a lure you’ve made is pretty darn cool!
MemberNovember 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm
Nice catch on the homemade jig!
The current in the Stones should be pretty decent for the next few days as they continue to draw down Priest to winter pool.
We’ve had some good days from the mouth of the Stones up to the first bend fishing for Stripers at this time of year. They were hitting rattle traps and swimbaits. Seems like a deal though where you just luck out and you’re in the right place at the right time. You could see them running shad all over the banks. As for the generation schedule, I’m typically looking for “2 or more” in the generation report.
MemberNovember 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm
Unfortunately, I didn’t see much of any shad activity within Stones Creek. However, the place where I caught the bass previously pictured was the only spot along the creek that had a Blue Heron posted up. Note taken, haha.
I think my game plan for the winter will be to launch out of Hamilton Creek/Elm Hill unless I see that there will be “2 or more” generators running during a time that I would be able to get out and fish the Cumberland. I like the mid to upper portion of Percy but the drive cuts into my fishing time a bit too much. 😡
MemberNovember 14, 2013 at 2:19 am
We’re in the sane place on that. I put on at elm hill almost exclusively because of the convenience and shorter commute. Plus, I feel that I can run to the upper half of priest faster on my boat than trailering up there. Maybe I’ll see you at elm hill sometime. J
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