Hit the lake from 1-5pm yesterday with 2 clients. After a week of crappie fishing I was ready to pick up my baitcast reel! Although the lake it is not dropping quickly…..it is finally moving at 500 cubic feet per second! Every day the lake is dropping 2-3 inches! With the consistent cool nights and moving water the fishing is about to open wide. With that being said, the fishing was still tough for us.
We started in Spring Creek in the right cove where the creek splits. The water temperature was 68 degrees with less than one foot clarity. At the mouth from 8ft-12ft there were tons of shad everwhere! Casting 1/2oz Strike King rattle traps in natural shad and Bandit 100 squarebill crankbaits in craw pattern we caught one 14″ bass. We fished all the way down the left bank to the back, but there were no shad present. Then we fished back up the right side of the cove never catching another bass. I cruised in between Spring and Fall Creek to the flat with the rock humps and grass. Sitting in 2-4 feet and casting into 1-3 feet we never found any bass.
Next I motor to the mouth of the Smyrna cut through at the pump house. At the opening of the pump house we fished the bluff wall transition on the right. With the boat in 6-8 feet we cast the same traps and cranks into 1 – 3 feet of water. There were several bass feeding on the surface and we were able to catch one on each lure. None of these fish were large, but it was fun breaking the ice and catching a few. We fished down the entire bank to the mouth of the pump house and half way through the pump house. With the boat and 2 to 5 feet the entire time we fished our crankbaits, rattle traps, and even a spook….. only getting 2 bites….. both of them getting off.
Next we moved to the back left corner of Lamar Hill Cove. The strong southwest wind was blowing directly into the back. With the same lures with fished each point and found a school of bass in the far back left cove. There were several fish schooling on the surface and we were able to catch 4 short bass, including two on one crankbait at the same time. All of these fish are caught out of 1 – 2 ft.
We scanned for spending fish on the Weakley lane pillars, but found zero. Typically, once the water drops below 70 degrees the fish abandon this area.
I motored to the mouth of Stewarts Creek and fished the right point. Casting the same lures while sitting in 6-8 feet and cast into the grass we fished 50 yards down the bank around the point with 0 bites.
All and all another tough day. We were able to catch a few fish, but nothing like I hoped. Saturday’s the big tournament day for me and I’m looking forward to it, butI need to figure out a different pattern .
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