Well, here we go again! The water is back up on Priest! Right now the water is 3.60ft above summer pool and appears to be peaking. So what do us Priest fisherman do now?……move shallow! I know it can be frustrating trying to determine what banks are productive and which are a waste of time, so here are a few tips to help.
– Fish coves and creeks that have springs or run-offs(moving or new water). Sister Cove, Spring Creek, Ski cove in Stewarts Creek, back of Stewarts Creek, Bryants Grove, cove behind Four Corners, back of Hamilton and Suggs Creek are areas that have been productive.
-The lake will be lowering soon when they open the dam. When they do this focus on sharp points on the main channel where the current will be flowing. Also, narrow areas along the channel where current is forced through. Weakley lane bridge, first and second cut through, islands between Spring Creek and Weakly bridge, Four Corners cut though, etc.
-Productive lures for these conditions: I really like dragging shaky heads with Trick worms and swing head jig with Big Bite Craws, but crankbaits, rattle traps, spinnerbaits and topwater are very productive in the current and in the backs of coves where there is bait.
Around this time last year the water rose about the same level. It would be insightful to flip back to the reports from then and read what was working as well!
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