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    Posted by lukethedrifter33 on August 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for the information on Percy priest, we didn’t make it out a couple weekends ago, but have since been and what you have reported has been working. I have a cousin coming in first part of October, and he wants to go fishing for smallies. Any good advice on which lake in middle Tennessee is going to produce the best bite? I have found the lure Jenson speed trap crank bait has worked well for early spring smallies, but haven’t targeted the fall smallies. Any help from you or the other members on here would be great. Thanks in advance.

    Brian replied 10 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • simplecircuit

    August 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    If I had to pick one place around Nashville to fish for smallmouth in October, I think it would have to be the Cumberland River. The keys to it would be to make sure that there is some generation happening at the old hickory dam. You can check the TVA App for iOS or their website. The stretch that I find most productive is from Neely’s Bend up to to the dam. It’s about a 10 mile stretch. When the current is running at a moderate level [~12000] I’ve had good success fishing jigs around rocks that create current breaks. Also, the Old Hickory and Briley Pkwy bridges are good places to look for fish. If you can find it, try watching the City Limits Fishing – Nashville with Mike Iaconelli. They run most of the good stuff and you’ll be able to see what works pretty easily. Also, if the current is running good, bring a lot of jigs. On one of my best fishing days, I lost around 20 1/2oz football heads. Hope that helps. Brian, what do you think of the lakes?

  • Brian

    August 28, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I like fishing Priest down lake, but there is not an abundance of smallies in Priest like other lakes. I am always impressed with the pictures and reports that come from Tim’s Ford Lake for smallmouths.

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