Today I fished from 8am-2pm with BCGS guide, Trey Neal.
We started the day crappie fishing the first flat on the left up from Fall Creek. Last week I had a great day near the green channel buoy casting onto the ledge and slowly retrieving. Today the water was really muddy and after 20 minutes we caught just 1 crappie. The water temperature 47 which is cold, although when we caught 30+ crappie there the other day it was 49.
We set our crappie rods down and motored into Fall Creek past the boat ramp and picked up our bass rods. The water was very clear and 48 degrees. I started casting my Minnow 3.3 Red Craw and caught our first bass on the left rock bank near the spring. After fishing the entire bank I trolled around the corner(going towards the mouth) and fished a shaky head with Watermelon Rage Craw. I fished little rock humps and stumps for 30 minutes without a bite. I turned around and went back towards the back of the creek and fished the next rocky bank on the left. After several cast, GULP, a 14″ largemouth on my Minnow 3.3 Thread Fin. After fishing a while longer without any other bites we packed it up and moved to Spring Creek.
I stopped at the finger coves in the back of the creek and started casting rattle traps to the big flat opposite of the finger coves. It wasn’t until we reached the transition of the flat and rocks when I had a HOG slam my trap! I set the hook and started fighting him to the boat. I reached down and barely grabbed the 4 pounder!!! She came out of 2 feet of water in the boulder rocks. We continued down the right bank and caught another short bass at the end of the rocks. The water temperature was 54-56 degrees and appearing to turn on since the rest of the lake is now 46-49 degrees. It really cranks up once the water lowers to winter pool. We fished all the way near the 840 bridge with Rat 2.75 Red Shad and up the other side, casting jigs along the way with no takers. As we approached the right point of the feeder creek I caught one more short bass.
We were itching to do more crappie fishing so we flew up lake to the big flat on the left just past Jefferson Pike Bridge. The water was a lot clearer and 47 degrees. We starting at the second green channel buoy casting 1/8oz Double Cross Crappie Magnet Jigs(red and chartreuse) with green/chart and chart/clear Crappie Magnets. I kept the boat in 25ft and we chucked into 12ft, crawling our line back. There we caught 8-10 crappie.
We moved to the next big flat on the left and fished the entire ledge. Again, we were in 20ft and casting into 8ft with the same lures. We caught around another 20 crappie there on just about any wood we could get our Magnets near. We even caught some nice keepers casting to the PVC poles.
Fun day on the lake. I love crappie fishing trees casting Crappie Magnets!
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