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  • Old Hickory Lake Between Dam and Shutes Branch

    Posted by tim-shaver on September 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Has anyone been fishing Old Hickory between the dam and Shutes Branch. I fished today but didn’t find anything but short fish. I didn’t talk to anyone who was doing well. I saw a lot of bait fish on the graph but not the large schools that I have seen this time of year in the past.

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  • blockel

    October 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I wish I could give you some help. I’ve only fished in that area a couple times with limited success and it was around last fall/winter. I’ve got to imagine with the dropping temps that the fish are starting to locate around any main lake points. You could probably spend a whole day messing around in Drakes Creek but if it was me, I’d probably start by trying some of the smaller creeks that give the fish less options, structure wise. It might be easier to establish some type of pattern this way. I’d try to move fast, checking for bait/bird activity in the area. If there wasn’t much of either, I’d try not to waste much time.

    I don’t know how much insight Brian has on Old Hickory but perhaps he can help us out a bit. I’ve found some decent fishing on Percy but it’s quite a drive to get there. Having said that, I think I might try my luck at Old Hickory this weekend. Probably around the Saudersville, Avondale area myself. Brain, any help would be really appreciated!

  • Brian

    October 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Most of the fishing that I do on Old Hickory Lake is between Bledsole Creek, down to Shutes Branch. Recently, the majority of my fishing is done on Priest, but I do get over to Old Hickory here and there. I will help out every way I can, but sometimes I do not have updated reports.

    I do know the water is temperature is in the low 70’s and the shallow bite is turning on! Several of the coves north of Flipper are holding a lot of bait and bass are being caught on square bill crankbaits and rattle traps(shad color pattern). Also, jigs flipping to main lake wood and wood laydowns in the creeks are producing.

    As for down lake, Shutes Branch is one of my favorite areas to fish. This time of year I move in off the points and channels and really target areas of the banks that the wind is blowing into….usually this is where you find the bait. Bait is the key to fall fishing.

    I agree, you could spend all day in Drakes Creek….tons shallow coves, pockets, and structure for bass to move up into.


  • tim-shaver

    October 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the help. I will fish again this weekend and will give you an update.

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