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Chickamauga Lake Crappie Report

I couldn’t make my weekly crappie trip last night, so here’s the report that came back. Pretty slow with a dozen or more short fish until about 9pm. There was a keeper or two before nine, but about ten keepers were caught between nine and ten pm. This pattern is very similar to what we’re used to in crappie season. I’ll take that as a sign of the impending spawn. About 11 keepers for the night with the big fish right at 14″. Weather has been pretty even 81/55 degrees all week so we expect the bite to stay level in spite of some scattered storms.

Weekend Crappie Combo Report Chickamauga Lake

After a decent Wednesday night outing, we gave it another go on Friday. Unfortunately a harsh weather change locked their jaws up tight. we caught two keepers in five hours of fishing that ended up at 41 degrees by about midnight.

14.5" KeeperAs temperatures returned to normal, Sunday afternoon was wide open for a double special fishing trip. For the first time, my custom aluminum boat hit the lake. Yeah, it only has a trolling motor for power, but it hit the water like a champ. The weather was good except for the winds picking up to about ten MPH later in the day. I only caught two fish, but they were good fish on light tackle. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It looks like crappie season is full underway starting any minute now.

Bass on a beetle spin. My specialty.

Chickamauga Lake Crappie Fishing Report

8 delicious slabs officially kickoff crappie season for us.After weeks of speculation, the bite has started. It was a modest stringer, but it was a stringer! Last week we ended up with two keepers that we threw back and virtually nothing else. This week there was a keeper in the live well by the time I got in the boat and steady action all naught. It wasn’t fast and furious, but from 7:00p to about 9:30p the action was consistent. Continue reading »

Chickamauga Lake Crappie Fishing Report

The third outing for crappie was as promising a trip as we’ve had. After three days of warmer weather we knew the water temperatures would be up. In fact, it was nearly eighty degrees today. Knowing the temps would be back down tomorrow we decided that today was the best day of this week to go sample the staged crappie in our sweet spot. Continue reading »

Crappie Scouting on Chickamauga Lake

Got the call mid-morning on Sunday that we were going on a Sunday afternoon crappie search. The weather had trended a little warmer since our mid-week run, but had again tanked for Sunday. The water temps had risen from 45 to 48 degrees, but the air temps were 43 and sinking. Continue reading »

Chickamauga Lake Crappie Fishing Report

We made our first crappie scouting trip last night after work. We usually make a run about this time each February. Having had so much flood rains and mild temperatures over the winter this year, we really didn’t know what to expect. The water levels appeared to be down around normal. The daytime temps had reached 60 degrees but this has come on the tail of a few colder days leaving the water temps around 46 degrees. The cooler water temps seemed to dramatically affect the activity of the fish. Continue reading »

Squeezing In the Last Few Kayak Fishing Trips

After a good day on the water with Richard Simms last Sunday, we decided it was worth our while to hit the river in the kayaks this afternoon (a week later). Two things we didn’t look at, the weather or the flow. The flow ended up being pretty legit, but the rains did come. Fortunately, the heavy rains fell while temps hovered in the low 60s so it was tolerable if not heavy at times. Continue reading »

Jig Fishing Lands Monster Catfish on Tennessee River

We’ve been takingĀ  shots at the schooling white bass for a couple of weeks. The other night my buddy went after them and his friend hooked up with this fatty on a grub! Fishing with grubs and jigs for white bass and shad is a great way to get in some fishing both late and early in the fishing season while fish are aggressively feeding on schools of bait.

Drifting with Richard

As the cold weather seeps into our area and fishing rods are being shuffled to the back of the garage, we’ve been trying to squeeze in one last trip, for a few weeks now. I got on the horn with friend, outdoor writer and fishing fanatic Richard Simms. In between guided trips and all the other fishing adventures he gets into, Richard found some time for us. Myself, buddy Aaron Wolfe and Richard set out Sunday morning to try our luck. The weather was still good enough and save for the threat of wind, we looked for a pretty good day on the water.

As luck would have it, the bite was pretty bad that day, but the few we found included some real quality fish. Ultimately the wind ran us off, but not before we ground out some quality seat time on the Tennessee river and lipped a few fish. It sounds cliche, but even an average day out fishing is better than a good day at the office or on the couch!

Not the biggest fish of the day, but a nice spot

Fish number one on the day, a nice spot

Fall Fishing and the Transition

I haven’t been writing much this year. I’ve been so busy at work (which sometimes is writing stuff all day, hahaha) that I’ve just let this site cool down. I’ve been fishing all summer, though. Except for the month of June, I fished as much this year as ever. As the temperature finally started coming down in the fall the fishing has stayed pretty good, even improving in some cases.

We took a break and streaked down to Tampa to fish with my neighbor’s uncle last week. It was an epic-sized drive late Thursday night that landed us on site at 2:00am. Fortunately they live on the water, so the daylight call-time only meant stumbling out to the boat and loading the coolers and tackle before heading out. They were great hosts and we fished light-to-dark both Friday and Saturday, reserving Sunday for cleaning fish, eating and riving back to Tennessee. It was something of a swan song for fishing this year. I have gone fishing a couple times for white bass since, but at least the late Florida trip is emblematic of the fleeting fishing opportunities for this year. Continue reading »