I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was nice with my family. I was finally able to get back out on the lake yesterday for the Saturday morning tournament. With high hopes coming off last weeks win, we gave 100%, but did not have the same results. We started way up in the West Fork where the water was 51 degrees with 3.5 foot visibility. They’re still pulling the lake down slowly which created a little current. I literally fished my flash mob Jr Alabama Rig with white Zoom swimming fluke jr. swimbaits the entire day with the exception of a spook and shaky Head for 10 minutes. Beginning on the right bank just up from the West Fork boat ramp we focused steep rock with the boat in the middle of the channel in 12 feet of water. Casting to the edge of the rocks and letting the rig sink 8 to 10 ft then retrieving slowly we caught three short fish. It was a good feeling getting bites quickly. We moved up the bank 100 yards to the next bluff wall on the right. For the next 45 minutes we caught 9 more including one keeper(all on the rig). One was a nice smallmouth that was fat, but it was just under 18in.
We fished up further through the next two turns catching a few more short fish but no keepers. I went back to the spot we caught the smallmouth and caught another short bass.
We decide to try to make a move and find some bigger fish. We went up to the East Fork and tried the blown-out bridge right before the East Fork boat ramp. With the boat in 12 to 16 we cast parallel and across the channel to the high rocks. We never had a single bite after 20 minutes and pulled up the trolling motor.
We cruised down to the East and West Fork split and then made a left turn and started on the right bank. This is the big flat with the PVC poles and stumps on the edge of the channel. I tried my spook for 15 minutes around 5 giants stumps just underneath the surface, but the water was 50 degrees and just not warm enoug. I picked up my Alabama Rig and started casting around the stumps and quickly missed one fish twice or two separate fish! We fished for 20 minutes without a bite and decide to move again.
Next to Fall Creek like we did last week hoping that we could have the same results. Fishing the same flat with stumps that transition into rocks we only caught two short fish on Alabama Rig. I tried my green pumpkin shaky head for a little while, but nothing on that either.
With an hour left we cruised into Spring Creek and fished the entire back where the water was between 56 degrees and 58 degrees! I tried all my shallow spots thinking that they would attack my spook near the big flat around the finger coves…… we never got a bite. Our time expired and we headed in. We had a good time, but didn’t get the big bites. Two of the big fishermen that also fished the tournament didn’t have anything either so that made me feel a little better. Took 14 pounds to get a check…..sound like it was a tough day. Back to the drawing board. LOL
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