Today was one of those days, but from what I heard from many other friends on the lake it was tough across the board. Six hours of fishing and only 4 fish.
Fishing with 2 clients we started in the back of Fall Creek. We passed the boat ramp and continued to the first bluff wall on the right. The water temperature was 46 degrees with 2+ft clarity. I knew even with the warm temperatures the clear blue skies weren’t going to help us today. So I tied on a 1/8oz shaky head with a watermelon/purple flake Zoom Trick worm and a 1/8oz Hoppy’s Flea Flicker in green pumpkin/orange with a green/gold flake Paca craw. I kept the boat in the middle of the channel and we cast to the bank working the lures to the boat slowly. After 10 minutes I caught one in the middle of the channel about 13″. We fished 40 yards down the bluff without another bite and decided to move.
Next we motored to the back of Spring Creek where the water was 53 degrees. I knew the bite was not going to be the same as the last time I was out, but thought we could still get some bite on slower finesse baits. Starting at the finger coves and fishing the entire creek to the back near 840 we caught 0…..as in not a single bite! We stayed in the channel casting to the rocks, mud flats, current, slack water…..didn’t make a difference.
We saddled up and drove all the way to the East Fork and stopped at the Smyrna pump house on the right. The water temperature was 46 with 1.5ft clarity. Fishing with the same lures we started 40 yards before the building and fished 20 yards passed it…..nada.
The next couple hours we bounced around fishing bluff wall/mud flat transitions and rocky banks with wood….not a sniff. At this point I was starting to except the fish were just on lock down.
With an hour left we motored back down into Stewarts Creek. The water back there was a little clearer at 2ft visibility with 50 degrees. We started on the right rock bank once you enter the narrow part of the creek in the back. There we missed one on a shaky head. In the back at the boat ramp we caught a white bass on a shad rap(shad color). We fished around to the back of the island and caught another on our shaky head and then one last fish on the next bend on a shaky head.
All the fish were short and it was one of the toughest days I’ve had in a while. Just because it is a nice day for the fishermen does not always mean the fish feel the same way. Last week it was freezing and wet and I had one of the funnest days I have had this winter! Monday I will be out with one of my main crappie clients. We are excited and determined to catch a bunch! I’ll post report after!
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