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    Posted by blockel on January 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I know this is a bit dated but even if it wasn’t, unfortunately it wouldn’t be helpful b/c I didn’t catch anything (except the one catfish I snagged) 😳 .

    I launched at the ramp right by Creekwood Marina within Drakes Creek. As you may remember the temp was around 50-55 degrees w/ overcast skies and probably 10-12mph gusts from the SE. After launching I proceeded to fish pretty much every type of structure that Drakes Creek had to offer: points, docks, transitioning banks, bluffs, flats, ledges, grass, etc. I used a variety of crankbaits (lipless, squarebill, regular), spoons, shakey head, jig, wacky rigged stickbait and as mentioned before didn’t have any success. I know I’ve read quite a few reports of success in the drakes creek area but I’ve never had much success there. Anybody else been out on OH lately and if so, have any luck?

    blockel replied 8 years, 5 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • halfbass

    Member
    January 14, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Going tomorrow and Friday up above the 109 bridge. Like you I launch most of the time at Shutes and have never had much luck in Drakes Creek. Hope to fish the steam plant (1st time) and above looking for bass and stripes.

  • blockel

    Member
    January 14, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Good to know I’m not the only one. I’ve caught one here, one there in Drakes but never found a “hot spot” or been able to pattern ’em, which I’ve done several other places on the lake.

    Good luck down towards the lower end of the lake. I wish I could get over there more but it’s just too far of a haul for me more times than not. 🙁

  • tnbassman10

    Member
    January 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Neither one of you are alone. I used to strictly fish Spencer Creek/Station Camp/Cedar Creek area exclusively. I was a mid-lake guy. About 3-4 years ago, my tournament trail, at the time, shifted to fishing down lake. I wanted to learn down lake. The closest ramp to my house down lake is Shutes Branch. I would launch there quite often. I enjoy the down lake portion of Old Hickory better than the mid-lake section now but like you guys, I’ve never liked Drakes Creek. In fact, in 2014 my partner and I made a pact to never go into Drakes Creek during a tournament unless we are sure they’re on fish. Sometimes when things don’t go as you plan, you might get in a panic and try something new. Whenever we’ve gone to Drakes Creek in those situations, it has never worked at all. In fact, a few times I’ve had some fish in Drakes Creek only to be heartbroken in the tournament later on.

    To me, too much of Drakes Creek is all the same. All the docks are in about the same depth and area. They all have grass nearby and are on a long, sloping shallow bank. It’s hard to pattern them, in my opinion, because it’s all the same. Maybe I’m crazy but that’s what I’ve thought. Now if the pattern is long sloping grassy banks with docks, Drakes Creek will be on FIRE! Lol. I know, as does everybody, about the hump in the front of the creek but it has never given me consistent quality fish during the summer. It’s hit or miss but even when I’ve “hit” there, it has been nothing but small fish.

    I fished PP nearly exclusively last season. I’m thinking about concentrating back to OH where I’m more comfortable. I went out this past Sunday afternoon just to troll around with the side-scan. Believe it or not, I actually found some structure in Old Hickory that isn’t on the bank! Now, knowing OH like I do, the fish probably won’t consistently relate to the structure, but hey, I at least found SOMETHING.

  • blockel

    Member
    January 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm
    quote TNBassMan10:

    Neither one of you are alone. I used to strictly fish Spencer Creek/Station Camp/Cedar Creek area exclusively. I was a mid-lake guy. About 3-4 years ago, my tournament trail, at the time, shifted to fishing down lake. I wanted to learn down lake. The closest ramp to my house down lake is Shutes Branch. I would launch there quite often. I enjoy the down lake portion of Old Hickory better than the mid-lake section now but like you guys, I’ve never liked Drakes Creek. In fact, in 2014 my partner and I made a pact to never go into Drakes Creek during a tournament unless we are sure they’re on fish. Sometimes when things don’t go as you plan, you might get in a panic and try something new. Whenever we’ve gone to Drakes Creek in those situations, it has never worked at all. In fact, a few times I’ve had some fish in Drakes Creek only to be heartbroken in the tournament later on.

    To me, too much of Drakes Creek is all the same. All the docks are in about the same depth and area. They all have grass nearby and are on a long, sloping shallow bank. It’s hard to pattern them, in my opinion, because it’s all the same. Maybe I’m crazy but that’s what I’ve thought. Now if the pattern is long sloping grassy banks with docks, Drakes Creek will be on FIRE! Lol. I know, as does everybody, about the hump in the front of the creek but it has never given me consistent quality fish during the summer. It’s hit or miss but even when I’ve “hit” there, it has been nothing but small fish.

    I fished PP nearly exclusively last season. I’m thinking about concentrating back to OH where I’m more comfortable. I went out this past Sunday afternoon just to troll around with the side-scan. Believe it or not, I actually found some structure in Old Hickory that isn’t on the bank! Now, knowing OH like I do, the fish probably won’t consistently relate to the structure, but hey, I at least found SOMETHING.

    LMAO! Thanks for the post, it did indeed make me feel a lot better! Maybe you’re opinion on Drake’s being too much of the same isn’t too far off, who knows frankly. If I catch wind of a “long sloping grassy banks with docks” pattern, I’ll be all over it but in the meantime, I’ll try my luck elsewhere.

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