Message I’m looking to get on some rockfish (striper). Are there any good spots in the winter besides the steam plant?
They are catching some stripers below the Pickwick dam and in this months Tennessee Sportsman I did the piece on Old Hickory striper fishing and you can take a jerkbait and fish the bluff straight across from the steam plant and you will catch bass and Stripers, hope that helps, it may be to muddy right now but as soon as it clears if it is muddy they will be there, thanks. Jim
|Message||I’m looking to sauger fish below Old Hickory. What are some good jig head and 3inch grub colors to use? I was also wondering is the water cold enough? What water temps should you start sauger fishing? Thanks
Red heads are very good colors and either white or chartreuse bodies are good and I like Bass Assassin Turbo Tail bodies, 1 ounce to 1.25 ounce is the best weight and good luck. Jim Duckworth
Message what is up with the sauger fishing.
Water is to warm for them to start schooling up and moving up.
Message How deep are the big bass right now?
Message We trolled crankbaits again this weekend out of Leatherwood Resort on Kentucky Lake. The bite was slow but the size was good. We only kept 20 Crappie but had 5 fish in the 2 pound class. Fish were caught on Manns 15 plus and Bandit 300 crankbaits. Fish were on deep structure in 20-25 foot range. Surface temp was a toasty 89 degrees with lake slightly below summer pool. Mic – Old Hickory
Fort Loudon Crappie
Message Fished yesterday on Ft. Loudon in Knoxville Trolling crankbaits for Crappie. Managed to keep 25 Trolling Mann’s 10+ and Bandit 300 crankbaits. Fish were in 20-25 feet of water but suspended in the 10-15 foot range. Added bonus was that the stripes were in the jumps in great numbers virtually all day. Surface temp was 84 degrees.
Mic – Old Hickory
I fished this weekend with a friend out of Leatherwood Resort on Kentucky Lake. We trolled Bandit 300 and Mann’s 15 plus crankbaits for Crappie. We manged 30 keeper crappie as wll as a mixed bag of catfish, sauger, largemouth and yellow bass. Crappie were caught in 17-25 feet of water on brushpiles and stumps on the dropoffs. Water temp was 77 degrees and lake was about a foot above summer pool. Trolling speed around 2 MPH seemed the best.
Mic – Old Hickory
Fished this past Saturday with a buddy on Ft. Loudon in Knoxville. We trolled Bandit 300 and Mann’s 15+ crankbaits for Crappie. We caught around 65 crappie with around 50 of them of legal length. Fish were holding mainly in 20-25 foot of water suspended in the 15-17 foot range. Most were caught in Turkey Creek. Surface temp was around 77 degrees with lake at Summer Pool.
Mic- Old Hickory
Message Fished this weekend out of Leatherwood Resort on Ky. Lake trolling Bandit 300′s. Managed 25 keepers. Crappie were located deep coming in 18-20 feet of water around submerged brushpiles. Surface temp. was 65 degrees. Lake about 2 feet below summer pool.
Mic – Old Hickory
Rough River Lake, KY
Message On Tuesday, prior to all the rain was able to pick up a total of 8 fish in 3 hours-then the wind came up big time. Lipless crank in shad pattern with extra glitter dusted on it to pick up the sun netted me a 4 lb 8 oz and 4 lb 2 oz LM in 5 feet deep creek channel shoreline near heat soaking warm rocks. Caught a 6 lb hybrid same lure at entrance to a cove with a steep drop at 12 feet, 3 more LM 1.5, 1.9, and 2.10 in same area. 1 lb 5 oz spot near large warm rock on main lake. Water temp in mid 50s with visibility approx 2 feet, now the lake is once again signiificantly above summer pool and I reccomend shore fishing at the boat ramps for hybrids with a nightcrawler harnees- you will catch some nice ones early am until the sun is bright- too many logs in the water again to go out in the lake with a nice rig! My Dad just sent me 4 of Duckworths TN finesse rig 2 which I plan on using at my home lake of Rough River Lake, KY and my 3 or 4 trips a year to Dale Hollow- Ill post when I get to use them.