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  • Where to Fish North of Smith Springs Cove on Tue., 9/10

    Posted by mikenores on September 8, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Plan to fish in the subject area on next Tuesday, after the temp will rise into the 90’s. Launching at Long Hunter State Park, will fish from around 6am until about 1230pm.

    1) Where to fish?

    2) How deep to fish?

    3) What baits to use at what time of day?

    Your suggestions and insights would be greatly appeciated, we need all the help we can get.

    Mike N

    simplecircuit replied 10 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    September 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    At the time that you will be going out, I would fish 1ft-3ft the first 1.5-2 hours and then move out into 4ft-8ft. I would start at the beach in Bryants Gove cove and fish 100 yards on both sides of it, casting buzzbaits and shallow crankbaits. Then I would move all the way up to sailboat cove and fish the main point on the left with plastic worms in 4ft-10ft.

    Brian

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    September 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    A couple of questions for Brian.
    1 – Where is Bryants Grove?
    2 – When you reference Sailboat Cove – are you talking about the one in Hamilton Creek? Or is there another?

    We spent 2-3hrs fishing the lower end of the lake yesterday from 5-dark. Fishing super shallow and then in the 8-12ft range, we didn’t catch much of anything. A few short largemouth and a short smallmouth. They were up really shallow. Water temps were running in the low 80’s depending on the area. We spent a good deal of time poking around in the YMCA cove. Tons of bait, but not much activity from the bass. The fish we caught were on the lower end near the put in at Cook’s.

    j.

  • degaman

    Member
    September 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    My take on the YMCA cove, aka Old Party Cove… haven’t fished much way back where the slide is, but have caught many small fish on both banks leading out of cove. A few keepers can be caught near the exit points, usually in deeper water. Also smallmouths hang out on the outer ledges on the left bank facing in, and the point on the right.

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    September 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks degaman,
    We fished both banks all the way from the mouth to the back. My partner really wanted to give it a try. We do fish the outer points in the winter time for smallmouth. As good as it looks with the chunk rock, pea gravel and deep water near the mouth, I’ve never had much success there. Is there anything specific you are doing there for smallies? We usually do the normal stuff – drag a tube around, finesse jigs, sometimes throw blade baits [when it’s super cold].

  • degaman

    Member
    September 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Back in the day my brother and I used to catch them on a pumpkin speedcraw with 2/0 hook. Probably helps explain all of the short fish. Also, a LakeFork ringfry (pumpkin/chartreuse) on a larger hook was productive. It seems that LakeFork changed the scent a few years ago and made the body thinner. Anyway, they don’t work like they used to. Since we usually fish at night, a black bandit could usually provoke a smallie strike on the right point, while a thin jig, tubecraw or many different plastics rigged Texas dragged from one ledge to the next works on the left side from maybe in 200 ft on out to where the big rocks start. Used to catch lots of small fish in the big rocks also, but not much luck lately.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    September 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Sailboat cove is the cove in Hamilton Creek. I really like the left point(if looking in) from the roadbed that you can see, all the way around to the public boat ramp 200 yards to the left. I sit in about 10-12ft and cast shaky heads into around 4ft and drag back.

    Bryants Grove is mid-lake between Hong Kong Island and Long Hunter State Park. There is a Bryants Grove boat ramp and Bryants grove cove that will be on your map. I like the cove, near the swimming area. I think the swimming area is on the map too.

    Brian

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    September 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Brian,
    Thanks for the location info. That point on the left has a lot of uncut standing timber [cedar trees?] around it about a 100yds out btwn the ramp. I seem to recall that the roadbed that runs the left side of Sailboat Cove also runs out into Hamilton creek from there. I’ll have to go back and look at my old maps [ i have a pre-reservoir corps planning map].
    Thanks again. j.

  • rolltidech

    Member
    September 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Simple where can u get one of those pre-reservoir corps planning map or can you ?

    Thanks…

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    September 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I’m not sure where to get one these days.
    The copy I have came from a family friend of my fishing partner. It’s an old Army Corps survey map with topography, roads, fence lines, buildings, creeks, streams and other features on it. The original owner went through all 26 pages of the map and used markers to color in the current shoreline, add marinas/ramps and mark a lot of productive spots in different colors. Unfortunately, I don’t know what the different colors he used on the spots indicate. None of the spots are really “secrets” though. It does help to give you an idea of what is under the water. I really want to get one for Old Hickory, but don’t want to spend the time coloring it in. 😳 You might take a look at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

    http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide10.htm#mf943

    http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/forms.htm

    I’ll check the name of the map tonight when I go home.
    j.

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    September 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

    The title of the map that I have is called ::

    Cumberland River Watershed
    Stones River, Tennessee
    Stewarts Ferry Reservoir

    U.S. Engineer Office, Nashville, Tennessee
    February 1945

    I guess they changed the name to J. Percy Priest after the fact.
    I learn something new everyday. 🙂
    j.

    ps. that roadbed in sailboat cove does run all the way across the creek, past the old Anderson Road ramp and parallels that flat going back towards Smith Springs.

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