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  • River time!

    Posted by philip-nichols on January 14, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Well duck season like every year was a bust for middle Tennessee (dont know why i do that to myself every year) so it’s back to snatching lips! I haven’t been on priest in over a month. Heading back to my stomping grounds in east/west fork tomorrow I’m sure water is up and dirty from all the rain. Has anyone been back in the river and seen any patterns bass or crappie? This is the time of year I find good crappie back in the river but water temp still might be a little low after that serious cold spell we had. If anyone has any advice shoot it my way and I’ll post my results tomorrow.

    philip-nichols replied 10 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    January 14, 2014 at 4:24 am

    West fork should be clearing up. Before rain we were catching crappie and white bass first 500 yards into West fork on magnets and minnows.

  • philip-nichols

    Member
    January 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks Brian. We landed life flight on the 231 bridge over the river last shift and I saw the water was rolling over the dam which is good I usually do better when there is current back there.

  • blockel

    Member
    January 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Good luck, Philip. Let us know how it goes.

  • philip-nichols

    Member
    January 15, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Well I love fishing the river when there is current by DAAANNG!!! Put in at east fork and the farther up towards Mona I got the muddier the water was and the current was so bad even with trolling motor on high could barely stay on a spot. Caught one good crappie about 3/4 of a mile up stream on the right where a small creek comes in. Clean water was coming in and it dropped from 3-12 ft. Hit I few more spots with no luck. Water temp was 51.7. Moved down stream passed east fork ramp and started finding crappie on brush that was on transitions from rock to mud banks. The farther towards the fork split I got the more the water cleared up. Every transition I found with brush I pulled at least one good crappie. With current had to use 1/8 oz jig. Dark blue seemed to be the color they liked. Did catch a couple good bass 2 that measured on points the water whipped around throwing square bill crank bait sexy shad color. Bass seemed to be nose against the bank almost in 1ft of water but when they hit they hit hard. Hopefully once the water calms down some that river will be primed and I can’t wait!!!

  • Brian

    Administrator
    January 15, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Good report! Glad to hear some fish being caught up there. The good part about all this rain and muddy water is that it jump started the water temp from 40 to 50

  • philip-nichols

    Member
    January 15, 2014 at 2:10 am

    If that current clms down some I’ll be back there every day I’m off. Love catching crappie back there this time of year!! Also chartreuse and orange color worked today. When i found crappie I caught a keeper first cast then a few small ones then had to move. Couldn’t find consistent schools of good fish but did find fish. Very fun day.

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