The last few days have been great on Percy Priest!
In one trip I had 15 keeper crappie in just 2 hours! We actually caught 16 crappie and 15 of them were keepers! Trey Neal, one of my guides had 22 keepers in 4 hours the same day. Most of the crappie were caught deeper in 16ft-18ft around the mouth of Bryants Grove and around east side of Ponderosa Island. Both Crappie Magnets and minnows were productive. On my trip we used 1/8oz Red Crappie Double Cross Jigs with “Dude Special” color magnets.
As for the bass they have been consistently active on flats and coves in 2ft-8ft. Tuesday I fished behind Fate Sanders around 11am and we caught over 12 bass casting Red Eye Shad 1/2oz rattle traps(in sexy shad color). Both the back left corner of the cove and back bank produced fish sitting in 5ft-8ft and making long cast into 2ft-3ft. We were burning our baits to the boat to create reaction strikes.
Another productive spot for us has been in Lamar Hill Cove. Last week the bass were schooling on the first flat on the left and this week they moved further back into the cove. The left bank in the back seemed to be holding the majority for the shad and bass. I started in the back on the left where there is a little pond/cove. I set my boat in 6ft-8ft and cast all around where there was bait.
Lastly, the last 2 days I have been stopping at the Weakly lane bridge trying to stir up schooling bass. I have been unsuccessful in doing so, but have found that casting my A-rig, letting it sink for a few seconds before retrieving has produced several keeper largemouth and good spotted bass! I have been using the flash mob A-rig with white Zoom paddle tail swimbaits.
The water has dropped 10 degrees the last week and is now 74 degrees the fish are starting to move and it will not me long before the bigger fish moving into 1ft-15ft!
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