After a freezing cold weekend I finally decided to get out this morning for a few hours. I put in at Jefferson Springs boat ramp and headed up into the West fork. I’ve been waiting for my swimbait/Chatterbait bite to turn on and thought today would be perfect. The water temperature was 40-41 degrees when I started with 5 to 6 foot clarity. I began in the West Fork 1/4 mile from the split at the forks. Fishing the old blown-out bridge I sat in the middle of the channel and cast to the left and right points of the bridge and also up the middle of the channel. I tried a 1/2oz Zman chatterbait with no skirt and a 5-inch Berkley Hollow belly swimbait in threadfin Shad pattern. I kept the boat in 15 -19 feet casting into 10 -15 feet and letting the bait sink to the bottom. I would slowly retrieve the lure off the bottom and wait for a bite. After 45 minutes of waiting I never had a bite and decided it just wasn’t going to happen. I motored back to the split at the East and West Fork and fished the rock transition on the left at the mud flat. With the boat in 19 feet and casting into 6ft I tried my Alabama Rig and the chatterbait for 40 yards…. never had a bite. I move down to the next transition towards Jefferson Springs and had no luck there either. I scanned the entire ledge between Jefferson Pike bridge and the Jefferson Springs boat ramp. At the edge of the mud flat there are tons of logs, trees, and stumps that were loaded with crappie!!!! Hundreds of crappie sitting down there that I could not fish for because it had gotten way too windy to fish in 12 – 16 feet with a jig. Trying to find some more crappie. I went to the flat just before Fall Creek on the right. I marked some fish in a brush pile and pulled back, and started casting. Between the wind blowing me off my spot and snagging the trees forcing me to break off over and over I did not stay long and decided it was just too tough to crappie fish. At this time i have fished for two and a half hours without a bite. I decided to go back in the spring creek and try to find the bass on a different pattern than the other day because I knew top water wouldn’t work. I motored into Spring Creek and stopped at the “s” turned the channel and pulled out my Alabama Rig. Fishing towards the back of the creek I fish every rock point off bluff wall with my Alabama Rig. The first to bend I caugly 5 bass including three keepers. I motored further back to the flat before the finger coves and caught two 4 powders in 8 foot of water back-to-back! The water temperature back there was between 47 and 50 degrees, a huge difference. The water was 2-4 foot visibility. I fished a little bit futher back without a bite and then headed in about 12:30. All in all it was another great day even though the first few hours were cold and tough. Wednesday I’ll be out with clients. It’s supposed to be 60 degrees and cloudy. It will probably be another day back at Spring Creek with topwater lures!
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