We fished again this past weekend on Kentucky Lake trolling for Crappie. Unfortunately the bite was slow. We only managed about 7 keepers.The surface temp dropped almost 10 degrees from the previous weekend and apparetnly killed the bite. Lake is about 1/2 foot below summer pool with the surface temp was around 78 degrees. We did manage to get in to a mess of stripe Saturday evening catching around 30 in the last hour of the day. Fish were in the 1-2 pound range and were in 13-15 foot of water having pushed the shad out of the main river channel. Fish were caught on Radar-10 crankbaits. Also managed one nice Smallmouth that was close to the six pound mark.
Mic- Old Hickory
Thank you very much for this fine fishing report how about some other guys help me get this back going good again, thank you all and Mike. Jim
Trolling crankbaits still good for Crappie even with the surface temps around 86. We trolled again out of Leatherwood resort and kept 40. Lake at summer pool with fish hanging in the 13-15 foot range while trying to keep the boat in the 20 foot range. Bandit 300 an Manns 15+ crankbaits were the best producers. Mic- Old Hickory
Priest on fire! every hump/ledge in 14 to 17 feet was stacked with hungry bass. why cant I have a day like this on tournament day. I had to leave feeding fish because my hands and wrists were wore out. Ken
I hope everyone has been out on old hickory the last couple of weeks cause its on fire. Just about everything that swims is being caught, i managed 10 species yesterday. Channel temps on the lower lake have been between 74-80 with some coves in the mid 80′s.
Ive been picking up some nices whites trolling the channel ledges in 12-18 feet. The bass are almost all postspawn now with the males guarding the nest hitting anything that comes by. Over the past couple of years fishing the lower lake ive started picking up more and more smallies no giants yet but the numbers of small ones is a promising look towards the future!
Happy Fishing Everyone
Kentucky Lake Update
Message We fished again this past weekend out of Leatherwood Resort on Kentucky Lake. Due to the cool weather the surface temp ranged from 67-72 degrees depending on the time of day with the lake 1/2 foot above summer pool. We managed around 100 fish in two days of trolling. We had around 40 Bass which came primarily on Rebel Deep Wee R’s and Radar 10 Crankbaits in the 10-13 foot depth range. Top fish weighed around 5 pounds with numerous others in the 2-4 pound range. We had around 30 Crappie that came mainly deeper in 15-20 feet of water off the creek ledges on Bandit 300 crankbaits. Crappie appear to have mostly spawned with only a few fish still having eggs. We also managed 10 catfish ranging in weight from 2-7 pounds.The balance of the fish were a mix of Stripe, Yellow Bass, and Bluegill.
Mic – Old Hickory
We fished again this past Saturday out of Leatherwood Resort on Kentucky Lake. We again trolled Bandit 300 and Radar 10 crankabits. We managed to keep 33 crappie in a full day of fishing. Fish were caught in 15-18 feet of water along the drop-offs. Surface Temp had risen to 67 degrees with the lake at summer pool. All were White Crappie and females full of eggs.
I trolled this past weekend out of Leatherwood Resort. In 2 days we managed 65 crappie with the average weight in th 1.25 pound range. One of the best trips for average size I have ever had. Fish were caught on Bandit 300′s and Radar 10 crankbaits trolling in 13-18 feet of water. Surface temp ranged from 58-63 degrees with the lake one foot under summer pool.
Mic- Old Hickory
Old Hickory 4-9-14
Message Its that time of year again! White bass and yellows are in the backs of almost every cove and creek. Largemouth bite has been picking up, with the best action from late morning into the evenings. The crappie are slowly moving up into the shallows in preparation to spawn, been catching some nice ones pulling 1/16 -1/8 jigs in 1-8 ft. Water temp was on a steady rise until those couple of cold nights channel temps are in the mid to upper 50′s with the far ends of the creeks in the mid to low 60′s. The season is upon us finally great time to be on the water.
a big thanks to mike for the caney fork info
good luck and happy fishing everybody hope to see ya out there!
Tyler- Old Hickory
Jim, Tailwater at Hill is normally about 476 with 0 gen. 480-481 with 1 gen. 483-484 with 2 gen. This is without a sluice gate, one will add about 2 ft.
Thank you Mike for letting him know. Jim
Stones River 3-9-13
Message A friend and myself floated below percy priest last Sunday and found out that given the near constant generation that the fish would be holding in the creeks and boy were they. We didn’t catch anything till trying one of them. Started fishing in the mouth & picked up a small gill down off the bottom, then a small white bass. As we went up the creek things only improved catching 10 white bass 4 rainbows a couple of yellows and 4 short crappie. The whites were fat and plump and seemed to be on there way to spawn.
Old hickory seems to be slowly warming up but still quite chilly with river channel temps reading 48-49 and did manage to find 55 degree temps in some far ends of the creeks. Did some small lake/pond fishing and quickly caught our limit of crappie trolling 1/16 oz jigs.
Jim I was wandering if you or somwone on here knew what the summer elevation is of Center Hill’s tailwater?
I am not sure what the normal tailwater elevation is because I never fish down there but maybe some one else will let you know. Jim