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  • Posted by Brian on July 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hot, Hot, Hot!

    Saturday I fished from 7am-5pm and for the first time I felt my body telling me “you have to get out of this heat!” I drank a ton of water, but this heat still whooped my butt.

    Nevertheless, the fishing was okay in the morning.

    I started the morning running the same pattern as the day before. We started at the ledge/hump on the right just before the Weakley Lane bridge. I scanned the channel lesge 50 yards to the bridge and found a school of bass near the bridge in 16ft directly on the ledge. I dropped the trolling motor and put the boat in 30ft. We made long cast with 1/4oz shaky heads with watermelon/red flake Zoom Trick worms and 5/16oz swing head jigs with brown/blue Big Bite Craws. Casting into 12ft and dragging slowly down the ledge we caught 3 short fish in 30 minutes.

    Next we moved to the left point on the main channel at Lamar Hill. We marked a few fish in 12ft and decided to give it try. We sat in 18ft and cast the same lures to where we marked the fish. We dragged slowly for 30 minutes with only had one bite and decided to make a move.

    Over to Jones Mill point we sat in 45ft and cast same lures 20 yards to the left and right of the green channel buoy. I marked tons of fish here(especially to the right of the buoy). During the 45 minutes we where there we caught 3, including one around 2.5lbs. We also lost a few and broke off on one! Most of the bites came to the left of the buoy right on the sharp rock ledge!

    I wanted to try something different so I drove up-lake into Spring Creek. We drove towards the back and fished a ledge on the right before the last big flat near the finger coves. Dragging our soft plastics from 8ft-14ft we never received our first bite. There was some bait around, but not much like other times during the summer months.***The first cove on the right once you enter Spring Creek had tons of bait and some smaller bass feeding I heard.***

    I motored to the long stretch at the mouth of Spring Creek and took a left into the flat in between Spring and Fall Creek. I went all the way to the back left corner and tied on 1/2oz rattle traps in sexy shad and sexy shad/chart color patterns. The water temperature was 89 degrees!!! We found a school of shad and bass in 5ft and started chucking to where the fish were busting the surface. Burning our rattle traps with a quick pause every few seconds we caught 8 bass in 30 minutes. No giants, but a fun size. With the water being so hot is seems only small fish are shallow(at least from what I’ve experienced).

    Our last spot was behind Fate Sanders Marina. I idled to the back right corner and stopped 2 cast from the bank. There were a lot of bait on the down and side scan that look promising. I kept the boat in 8ft and we cast into 4ft with our soft plastics to the rock points and the rock hump in the back right corner. We caught 6 more, including 2 keepers off the hump. Our time was up and we had to leave.

    All and all, okay day. We caught a few here and there, but had a few dead periods of our trip also. The deep bite is still the best bite, but with the water levels changing and temperatures rising, the fish are moving more.

    nickbaumhardt replied 9 years ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • krogers79

    July 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    It looks like they started turning the water loose this morning. Showing 4100 CFS being released. That should trigger the deep bite again…hopefully.

  • Brian

    July 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Alright!!! Finally!!! The deep bite on points, ledges, and hump near the channel will be turning on.

  • jard

    July 14, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I fished sunday morning hard for about 6 hours (6am – noon). I fished shallow, deep, ledges, flats. I threw cranks, shakeyhead, c-rig, topwater early, and caught all four fish on a jig in deep water. I didnt get many more bites than what I caught. I marked tons of bait, tons. Jones mill area lit up my finders everywhere I went. I caught exactly 4 fish total. This high water has me baffled and seems the fish too. Personally, I believe the fish are just scattered everywhere, shallow, deep and they are just roaming. I watched a ton of people fish at all spots and saw very few of them actually catch anything.

    I quit until the water normalizes.

    BTW, the carp and gar are going crazy in this high water. I witnessed what I can only describe as a gar orgy in sister cove. There was probably 10 of them and they surfaces all the time and just followed the boat around.

  • eanderson

    July 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    We fished Sunday from 7AM-2 and caught about 10-12 bass. All up shallow flipping to trees with texas rigged senko’s, ribbon tail worms and jigs. Smallest 2lbs and biggest about 4.5lbs. Then we also found a couple of schools of white bass (Small stripe to me!) and for 30 minutes both of us caught them every cast on 3 separate occasions. It was fun for sure!

  • Brian

    July 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    That’s great news…. the best shallow report I’ve heard!!!

  • ajspence2

    July 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Fished Sunday morning from first light until 10. Caught 6-7 bass holding off the dock at the YMCA cove with texas rigged lizards one of them being 3.5! The rest of the day was pretty slow. Went to the very back of ski cove and managed to snag a few small ones on a crankbait then me and my brother decided it was too hot so we headed home. Not a terrible day, but it is for sure the dog days of summer now.

  • nickbaumhardt

    July 16, 2015 at 1:28 am
    quote jard:

    BTW, the carp and gar are going crazy in this high water. I witnessed what I can only describe as a gar orgy in sister cove. There was probably 10 of them and they surfaces all the time and just followed the boat around.

    I saw this happen last year at the same time in the same cove. spent an hour throwing everyhing i had at them with no bites. i figured it must be a breeding thing and they weren’t interested in eating at all. but ya, exactly how you said it – a mass of gar writhing around coming up to the surface everything few seconds

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