Slow trolled Bandit 300′s and Rebel crappie cranks-GPS showed 1.1 MPH. Crappie were short hitting but managed to put 9 white and 1 black crappie in the meat locker. Water temp was 57 on Ft. Loudon last Wednesday. Ben
Fished this past weekend out of Leatherwood Resort. We trolled crankbaits and had good success on white bass. Found them on shallow flats Saturday under cloudy skies in the back of the creek. Sunday under clear skies found them deeper on the river channel drops. Trolled Rebel Teeny R’s an Rebel deep wee-R’s. Surface temp around 60 with lake at winter pool.
Went out to Stewarts Creek at 10 am and fished till 2:45. Long lined for crappie and only managed 7 crappie with one keeper, a dozen white bass, 1 catfish and one keeper LM. Started shallow and worked our way deeper. Best results were in 7 to 14 FOW. Trolled 1/32 and 1/16 jigs grubs. Switched to larger grubs in the afternoon and it picked up the bite for us. Started in the back of the ski cove and then fished sister cove. Going to try some bass fishing tomorrow. Keith D.
Message Hello Jim first time posting a message. I have read your tips on different water temps. Just wondering if you could share some tips on what color jigs to use depending on light conditions when the water temp is right for jigs. Thanks TD- Murfreesboro
From Jim Duckworth
TD fishing in the Cumberland river which usually means 30 feet or more deep color is not a real big thing since there is no light penetration that deep so the general red head and white skirt is the way to go now if you are fishing down below Pickwick or where the water is clearer and less than 30 feet deep color can make a difference and a light blue head with a white skirt is good and temperature is not the controlling factor for sauger colors but light penetration is. I fish a bare unpainted lead head a lot with a Bass Assasin shad body in white or chartreuse. I have a good jigging for sauger DVD that covers about any question you have on sauger and it was filmed on the Cumberland and I show and tell you where I am fishing, try it out. Jim
Message I fished this past Saturday with a friend on Ft. Loudon in Knoxville. We trolled crankbaits for crappie an had a good day. Kept 30 Crappie, and a mix of cats, stripe, and yellows. We also caught a couple of blue channel cats weighing 15 and 17 pounds. Surface temp was around 65 degrees. Fish were caught suspended around brush tops in 17-22 feet of water. We caught them on Radar 10, Bandit 300, Mann 15+, and Hot Lips crankbaits. Mic-Old Hickory
Humminbird 899 HD SI
Message I have had the 899 two weeks and must say it is eye opening to say the least. In the first outing on JJP I bet I added 50 new way points mostly brush piles that I never happen to go over with my HB 597. Its got me pumped to say the least. I appreciated your last DVD in which you highlighted the 899 and 1199 units.
Have a great day,
Ray that unit is the best unit for the money on the market and it does all you will ever need and I am so glad you liked the DVD, I am building a utube page for the website right now and will be doing product reviews and fishing tips on it and we have 10 done already so watch for it soon, thanks again. Jim
Message I’m looking at buying a SI unit but want to be sure the speed is going to be accurate when im I’m running under 2 mph my 597 ci HD jumps and I’ve been told the 899 will also. In your video the unit at the steering wheel had a steady speed, what model was that one?
Answer from Jim Duckworth
I am not sure what unit was in the DVD you saw since I get new units each year, but despite what you heard the 899 HD SI is perfect for what you want and is reasonable in price and I run one of those on my Bow and an 1199 HD SI on the console and they both read out the speed perfectly so don’t be afraid to get the 899 Humminbird plus it has great down imaging in it and lots of other top end perks, in my opinion it is the best color big screen unit on the market for the money and you will love it. Thanks for buying my DVD and by the way if you get a chance I will be working the Nashville fairgrounds boat show in February and my booth will be right at the front door and I will be doing seminars also so come on by and visit with me and we can talk electronics, thanks for the fishing post. Jim
Message Managed to get five hours of trolling in today out of Leatherwood Resort. Lake is about two feet below summer pool with a surface temp around 83 degrees. Managed a keeper mix of around 20 fish consisting of Crappie,Stripe, Yellows, and Bass. The largest of the bunch were a 4 and 6 pound LM and a 4 ponund SM. Fish were holding in 15-20 foot of water off the creek ledge leading out to the main river channel. Fish came on Rebel Crappie Cranks an Radar 10 crankbaits. Mic- Old Hickory
Priest continues to be very productive for me all summer so far. Trolling last week produced a 4.5lb largemouth as well as many in the 2lb class on 200 series Bandits in 12-14ft along main lake. Also doing well on worms in all depths. Best year in quite a while for a weekend warrior. Night bites have been great on small drops as well, doesn’t seem to take much drop for them to stack up on.
Steve in M’boro
Thank you Steve. Jim
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