Great seeing my buddy Tommy!
The cats are hitting here in the Volunteer state. This time of year sees them on bed and the bite does slow down but the bite is on. I made a trip to drift a portion of the river below Nickajack dam and had 19 fish during a morning trip.
These were all caught on turkey livers fished a foot off the bottom in 15-20 feet of water. They were holding on the downstream side of rock piles and took the baits just as they dropped off the edges.
High temps and low water is affecting the bite and the fish were in every stage of the spawn from no where near ready to ready any day to spawned out. Our record temps have made a big difference in the spawn this year.
Hope you get the chance to try for some whisker fish soon. Be safe, wear your PFD and take a kid fishing
I got the chance to head to Percy Priest this weekend for my first trip of the year and folks it is on. The big fish will be moving in within the next week or so and you had better be ready.
I fished with Calvin Osborne Sunday morning and we caught fish all day. We only had fifteen keepers along with 51 big bluegill but we had to have thrown back at least 40 that were close. The water needs to warm just a few more degrees for the big bite to happen. We fished minnows and crickets at 2-4 feet deep over a creek channel that runs 10-25 feet deep. Light line and light floats were the rule but we saw many folks tight lining minnows down to maybe 8 feet catching tons of fish.
Get your crappie rigs ready it is time to load the boat.
Bass are hitting great for our buddy Mark. He had one day last week where he lost count of how many he caught when he found them chasing shad in less than 2 feet of water. Today he sent me pics of 7 he took on top water this morning. He said the water in his area was still 52 degrees but the fish are hitting.
My friend Mac McBroom from West Tennessee hit Reelfoot lake this weekend and had some success the odd part was what he saw and caught.
Mac says he saw bass fry in the shallows and caught females that were already spawned out. I would have never thought that you would see that this time of year with water temps where they are. Since Mac is one of the more knowledgeable fishermen around I have no doubt about his report, he knows his stuff. Hopefully Mac will keep us up to date on what is going on in the western part of the state.
Get out there and give it a try from the looks of the reports coming in the bass are already hitting and forecasters are saying the warm temps are going to be around.
Be safe, wear your PFD and let us know how the fishing is in your area.
Kayak fisherman Mark Easterling got out this week to give the largemouth a try. He had 11 total along with some fish on topwater even with water temps in the mid to upper 40s. Mark will throw topwaters when there is snow on the ground and still catch fish. Amazing stuff.He caught these fishing the backwaters off the Cumberland River.
Get ready if you aren’t already, temps have been high, the water is warming and fish are hitting. Go out and see what you can do.
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