Old Hickory UP River CrappiePosted by tnbassman10 on April 12, 2014 at 1:26 am
I was wondering if anybody knew anything of fishing for crappie (and bass) way way up lake in Old Hickory? I’m working a lot now and I don’t have time to fish often as I used to. The only boat ramp I can really get to with enough time to actually fish is Misty Cove or 231 Bridge. With crappie season upon us, I was wondering if anybody had any tips for crappie fishing way up lake? I don’t know anybody that does it (everybody seems to be from Bledsoe down). I’m not a crappie fisherman but now that I’m time cramped, I’m getting more into it (not as much preparation and “pre fishing” required to do decent). Just wondering if it was worth it or if I should just stick to what I know and bass fish in the area.
MemberApril 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm
I don’t know anything about fishing that far uplake for crappie or bass.
Being similarly crunched for time, I would suggest sticking with what you know. As the saying goes, “there are always fish up shallow on OH.” Go back in those pockets and crash a squarebill through the wood or flip/pitch around isolated wood piles. I also knew a guy who used to do a lot of Striper fishing up that way. It might not be a bad idea to go throw an umbrella rig around that island just down river from the 231 bridge. good luck!
MemberApril 20, 2014 at 2:34 am
Uh oh! My partner and I tried crappie fishing in misty cove area Friday after work… 17 crappie! Could be on to something…
MemberApril 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm
Glad to hear you got into some crappie, I haven’t been able to get out here lately but Spring Creek has also been producing some crappie fishing around and in docks. Spring creek is just down river from Misty. I’m hoping to get out this Saturday AM.
MemberApril 26, 2014 at 4:02 am
Let me know how you do. Although I live less than 10 minutes from Misty Cove, I never put in up lake on Old Hickory. In high school, I fished up there a lot cause my parents only live about 5 minutes away from there. I loved Bartons Creek and Cunningham Island. Im just now “getting into” crappie fishing though. Growing up it was bass fishing or nothing. Never had a whole lot of luck in Spring Creek on Old Hickory but I know some big time pro tournaments have been won on the flats back there. I won angler of the year in my club back in 2012 and I’ll tell you, I drove to Cunningham Island from Cedar Creek Marina to do it several times that year. When the conditions are just right, that small area way up lake can be incredible. The best part, it’s often overlooked. It’s def hit or miss though–and such a long way from anything else. That’s why I only made the trip if I had pre-fished there and knew it was on.
We really were just messing around on Misty Cove fishing for crappie that day. Minnows and casting jigs around docks was it. I think we kinda just lucked up cause we caught a most off a stretch of just 3 docks. My partner went back a few days later and only caught like 4-5. I thought crappie fishing was supposed to be easier than bass fishing?! It’s so hit-or-miss for me right now. (Probably just because I’m still green and have a lot to learn about it at this point).
MemberApril 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Most of my crappie fishing has been shooting docks, this year I have been working on spider rigging in deeper water, which has been pretty hit and miss.I shoot docks all year, the only time its not very effective is when the water is cold and they won’t move to get a jig. A couple of my sons buddies fish for bass and have tried crappie fishing with not much success. What I have explained to them is crappie are a fish of patterns that change from season to season, understand their patterns and you will catch fish. Bass are also a fish that have pattern’s they understand their pattern’s and catch fish just need to work on understanding the pattern’s like they do bass. My go to jig for shooting is a 1/16 hot pink jig with red body chart curly tail, next is a blue pearl body with chart tail. Hot summer and cold winter I switch to 1/32 jig for a slow fall rate. Docks with lifts and pontoons are targets of choice. It is also a good Idea to take notes, date, weather, water temp and color and barometer. I use my notes all the time especially if your not on the water everyday. I make notes if one dock produces fish. Several summers ago I caught a limit of crappie on 4th of July fishing two docks, this last summer I had water condition and bar. that matched that day so I went over those docks and did awesome for water in the upper 80’s and a sunny day.
Didn’t mean to get long winded but if you put the effort into it catch numbers will increase.
PS maybe see you at Brian’s tourney this Saturday.
MemberMay 3, 2014 at 3:22 am
I would like to fish Brian’s tournament but my trail is actually going back-to-back this time around and we’re on Old HIckory tomorrow morning. Thanks for the info. Yeah, taking notes is always a good idea. Good luck to you!
MemberMay 7, 2014 at 2:21 pmquote Rayzor65:
Ray – Shootin’ docks is something that I’m wanting to get into this year on Old Hick. Is there a particular area of the lake that you have found to be better than others for doing this?
MemberMay 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm
I live by Bledsoe State park so I usually put in at Cairo landing, my favorite creeks are Bartons creek and Spring creek. Prime docks are with lifts and pontoons in them. In Bartons I start at the docks on the left and work my way around, in Spring I start on the right and work my way around. This time of the year shallower docks seem to produce more fish. In the heat of the summer the docks with the most shade will have fish and seem to do better with 1/32 jigs to slow the fall, I also use the 1/32 jigs in the winter to slow it down, summer they are usually only a couple feet down, in winter they are at the bottom. I’m also a big fan for taking notes, you can use them to note docks you catch fish on and what conditions were like when you caught them. I have looked up previous notes for matching conditions and went to those docks and caught fish. Crappie are always on the move and notes will help you to understand their patterns. In the beginning I didn’t have much to write down, but over a couple seasons you see patterns where certain docks will have fish at different times, it gives me a starting point especially if your not out there a couple times a week.
MemberMay 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Thanks for the insight Ray, I appreciate it. I’m hoping to get out this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes.
MemberMay 9, 2014 at 6:31 am
I think the island I was describing earlier is Cunningham Island. I used to play cards with a couple guys who swore by it. How did your club tournament go? Was it won in jerkbaits? I’ve heard several different guys who don’t know each other raving over using the luck-e-strike jerkbaits on OH this year including last weekend.
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