After a long weekend at Gatlinburg with the family it was nice to get back on the lake this this morning. The water temperature was 53 with clouds and a light mist. The water visibility was less than one foot and very stained at the marina.
I motored the pontoon boat up to the Weakley Lane bridge and started on the big tree behind the right pillar in 18ft of water. Fishing with live minnows and chartreuse/green, chartreuse/pink, and chartreuse/pearl with black flake Crappie Magnets we caught zero fish in 10 minutes and pulled up the trolling motor.
Next we cruised passed Fall Creek and fished the next flat on the left. Fishing 50 yards up to the green buoy we caught a few short crappie, one keeper crappie on a 1/8 ounce jig with chartreuse/green Crappie Magnet, a few whites, and a few bluegill. We were catching them in 13 feet of water on the ledge while we cast into 5 feet with jigs. After 30 minutes and a few bites with one keeper we trolled passed the green buoy up to the white PVC pole on the left. On our way we all had bites and reeled in a couple small white bass. The next 30 minutes we caught fish after fish out of 4 – 10 feet of water. They were not big, but it was fun reeling them in one after another!
Next we cruised up passed Jefferson Pike Bridge to the bluff wall on the right. We fished 3 trees along the channel catching a few crappie, but they were small.
We moved up and fished a gigantic tree along a bluff wall and caught 5 or 6 crappie, but they were all short as well! The water clarity was now 1.5ft at 53°!
Our last and best spot was up one more turn in the channel along the wide flat on the left. Fishing around the couple PVC poles with the boat in 12 to 15 feet of water and casting are jigs up on top of the flat we started catching keepers! Most of the keepers came on a 1/8oz pink Crappie Magnet jig and a Sho Nuff/chart Margent in 6 to 8 feet right on the drop around stumps. There were also several giants that came out of 12 to 14ft on minnows. After an hour we had 16 keepers and lost half a dozen more swinging into the boat and fighting to the boat. They had a nice mess of crappie and took 22 white bass home! It was nice to have an action-packed day after a few slow trips last week.
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