Yesterday I fished with BCGS guide, Kevin Patin. We had a fun day catching 12-15 bass with 3 keepers. When we launched from Fate Sanders the water temperature was 50 degrees with less than 1 foot visibility.
We started in Fall Creek where the water was clear at 1.5 foot visibility with 51 degrees. We started across from the Fall Creek boat ramp at the second PVC pole when heading into the creek. Casting Alabama rigs with 3″ Zoom swimming fluke jr, Zoom 5″ swimbaits on 1/4oz jig heads, Pointer jerkbaits in shad pattern, 1/4oz black and blue finesse jigs with green trailer, and green pumpkin chatterbaits……we had zero bites the first hundred yards. We kept the boat in the channel in 8 to 10 feet of water and fished the stump row on the left and the boulder rocks on the drop off. It was not until we made the turn in the channel to the right where we started catching fish on the mini bluff wall. Casting jerkbaits and shaky heads to the boulders where there was clearer water coming out we caught 3 small bass around 1lb and lost a few as well. We were looking for bigger fish so we motored out.
Next we moved up passed Jefferson Pike bridge around the little island and started fishing the left bank where the mud flat and the bluff wall transition. We cast shad raps in craw, Alabama rigs, jigs, and 8-10ft cranks in shad pattern…..0 bites. We marked tons of fish in 8 to 12 feet, but no matter what we threw in front or behind the boat we could not get any action.
We moved up to the next flat on the left. We saw bait flickering with a couple surface breaks and headed to the action near the green channel buoy. The water temperature was 53 with 1 foot visibility. Quickly a 2lb chunk hooked up on the green chatterbait. We continued down the flat casting to the ledge where the isolated stumps are and I tied on a bandit 300 red craw crankbait. Moments later I caught a 4 pounder that had the bait swallowed all the way down his throat! We felt like we were onto something and continued down the ledge. It was not 50 yards later Kevin(casting a jerkbait around random stumps) hooked into another solid fish. After we netted the giant we put the 5.5lb on the scales! We continue down the ledge catching 2 more short fish and then pulling up the trolling motor knowing we’d come back later.
We cruised into the West Fork and stopped at the blown out bridge quarter-mile in. The water was even clearer in the West Fork at 53°. We stopped at the little bluff wall on the left in about 18 feet of water and tried jerkbaits, jigs, shaky heads, and Alabama rigs along the drop. Kevin missed one on a jerkbait and at the end of the bluff wall where the concrete lays from the old bridge we missed 3 on a shaky heads. Those were the only bites we had there and then we moved into the East Fork.
We cruised up several miles past 840 bridge and fished a bunch of lay down trees and a stump row with only one short bass on the Alabama Rig. We pulled up the trolling motor and headed out of East Fork down to our bank where we caught the big fish. We had no luck the 2nd time.
We finished in Stewarts Creek the last hour. We motored back to the second boat ramp. The water was 55 degrees with 2ft visibility. I caught one on the flat just before the boat ramp on a jerkbait. She came out of 3ft. We fished around the bend to the riprap bank and started catching a few short fish on shaky heads and jerkbaits! My shaky head had a Zoom trick worm in brown/green and Kevin was using a watermelon sinko. I kept the boat in 8 feet of water while we cast to the rocks. We caught 5-6 short fish and then headed in for the day. It was a nice day to get out and the weather was perfect with low wind!
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