Fish report: Bass bite best on jigs and crank baits – The Tennessean

To report the most up-to-date information on fishing in the Midstate, The Tennessean has asked for contributions from several avid anglers. They will report on their latest trips, as well as offer tips. To add a report, contact Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or morgan@tennessean.com.

• Melvin Stewart on the Cumberland River: Last Sunday I fished the Cumberland River near West Nashville. After heavy rains and warmer than usual temperatures the river current was strong and muddy. Water was 51 degrees. The bass were holding where the main river water mixed with the clearer water of a creek. I caught three nice largemouths and two white bass on a white square-bill crank bait. Visit MelsFishingTales.com.

• Paul Neighbours Jr. on Old Hickory: Catfish and crappie are still hitting in shallow water on minnows. Striper fishing around Gallatin Steam Plant is hot. Alabama rigs are a favorite and be sure to have the equipment to handle a big fish so that you won’t come home broken-hearted.

• Brian Carper guide service on Percy Priest: After a busy weekend at the boat show, which was fantastic, I finally made it out on Monday. The water temperature was between 48-57 degrees throughout the lake. Mid-lake and the upper-end is still stained with low visibility due to all the rain last week. On Monday I focused up in the river with top water lures around boulder rocks and isolated wood in 2-6 feet of water. We had great success with several quality keeper bass. We also found success on 1/2-ounce Strike King rattle traps in red craw pattern. The crappie continue to concentrate in shallow water around lay downs, stumps, and brush piles. Live minnows on floats 2-3 feet above your hook has been successful. Casting a 1/16- or 1/8-ounce jig with pearl or chartreuse colored Crappie Magnets are my preferred colors. The 10-day forecast has normal winter weather in by the end of the week which will change the fishing pattern dramatically. For more information check out www.briancarper.com.

• Ken Campsey on Percy Priest: If you fish Percy Priest lake you see white poles and buoys marking stake beds and fish attractors. These attractors work exceptionally well and generally hold fish. These productive spots receive a tremendous amount of fishing pressure. To avoid the pressure some fisherman decide to make their on attractors. Recently, I have taken several old evergreens and cemented them into 5-gallon buckets to hopefully create my own secret “honey hole”. You will need a permit from the Corp of Engineers. It is important to use the proper materials, insure that your structure will not break loose or float up and carefully choose your location. An internet search of “Percy Priest lake fish attractor permit” will get you started. Current electronics insure someone will find my special spot, hopefully they won’t tell anyone else. Good luck making your own memories.

• Tim Tighe on the lower half of Cheatham Lake: As of Monday afternoon, Marrowbone Creek and the Harpeth River were at 52 degrees and the main lake was at 50 degrees. The Harpeth River is very muddy and the creeks and main lake are stained, but fishable with baits that create vibration or noise. Similar to last week, use your electronics to to find the bait fish and the fish in relation to location and depth because they are concentrated in the main creek channels. Once I found them, I again caught them yo-yoing a red-eyed shad and spinner baits at the appropriate depth and a couple nice ones flipping a black and blue jig around wood. There are not as many around the wood, but the fish that are there have been better quality. This time of year, with our sporadic weather patterns, it is going to require many pattern adjustments to be successful.

• Chris Snow on Center Hill: The bass continue to bite even with the  changing conditions. Warmer weather and changing lake levels have made the fish move shallow. Spinner baits, jigs and crank baits are working best right now. Walleye and crappie fishermen are all saying its slow right now due to the water elevation changing daily. For more information contact Chris at snowspinbaits.com.

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