Old Hickory Lake fishing report Nashville, Tennessee

Nice cloudy day out on Old Hickory Lake
Nice cloudy day out on Old Hickory Lake....  perfect for fishing!
Hendersonville tn    April 13, 2016      Fished from  2 pm thru 6 pm , water temp 61 degree's calm wind (practically no wind) and overcast skies. Ended up catching 12 fish, nothing spectacular and I would say the bite was slow. Spent some time on the main lake off bayshore drive and caught 'em along the chunk rock banks.... 5 bass, 5 gill's ,1 crappie, 1 catfish mostly caught on a 1/4 oz spinnerbait.
This 1/4 oz spinnerbait has been a consistent fish catcher ,I like to add a 2" grub for extra attraction
This 1/4 oz spinnerbait has been a consistent fish catcher, I like to add a 2" grub for extra attraction                                                                                                                                                                                                        A spinnerbait is a great tool to quickly search an area for active fish, after locating fish with it I'll go back through the same area till the bite slows and then I'll switch rods to a lure I've used for decades : a simple 2" grub with a 1/32 - 1/16 oz plain unpainted jighead. :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Over the last 30 years or so this simple lure has put thousands of fish in my boat. this particular one is a 2" Kalin in Tennessee shad color. Besides a panfish killer I have caught bass up to 6lbs on it1
Over the last 30 years or so this simple lure has put thousands of fish in my boat. this particular one is a 2" Kalin in Tennessee shad color. Besides a panfish killer I have caught bass up to 6lbs on it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I'll usually work this deeper out to the first drop-off along the same stretch of water the spinner proved is holding fish.            
Active Gills smack this bait hard!
Active Gills smack this bait hard!
Crappie cant resist smacking this bait. i love it when they are shallow and with polarized sunglasses you can see em hit1
Crappie cant resist smacking this bait. I love it when they are shallow and with polarized sunglasses you can see em hit it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy fishin'                                                                                                                                                                                                       John
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Fishing in Hendersonville on Old Hickory Lake , Just outside of Nashville,Tn

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I always gotta chuckle to myself when I see this sign at the ramps. I wonder how many people have driven right into the water? 🙂
Hendersonville is known as the "city by the lake" because a good bit of Old Hickory lake borders it. There is no less than 9 launch areas that I frequent and they are all free to launch your boat! There is good fishing to be found at all of them, also there is  plenty of opportunity for shore fishing as  most of the boat ramps are in nice parks that the city of Hendersonville maintains.
Sanders ferry park is a huge beautiful park with a nice boat ramp and plenty of access for shore fisherman... this nice point is easily acessable with just a short walk from where you park your car.
Sanders ferry park is a huge beautiful park with a nice boat ramp and plenty of access for shore fisherman... this nice point is easily accessible with just a short walk from where you park your car.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another good shore fishing spot is in the Walton ferry park where there is again plenty of access to the lake and some real big fish have been caught from the shore in the spring!
Looking out from one of my favorite shore fishing spots it's funny to see a heron on a chunk of submerged wood. Seeing Blue Heron is always a good sign that you are in an area where baifish are present
Looking out from one of my favorite shore fishing spots it's funny to see a heron on a chunk of submerged wood. Seeing Blue Heron is always a good sign that you are in an area where baitfish are  present                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If you have a boat you can really increase your fishing success by being able to "hunt"  'em down. Everybody has their favorite parts of Old Hickory, but don't worry, if you are new to the lake you can pick one area at a time and get to know it and you will catch fish!     Spring time is a great time to be on the water as fish move to the shallows to do their annual spawning. Depending on the weather March thru June is 'Prime' time. As summer and hotter weather approaches most fish move to off-shore structure and deeper water. With fishing ,along with other things in life, being at the right place at the right time really pays off and I have had some of my best catches when I can get my lazy tail up real early and be on the water before sun-up!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I'll be going into more detail on the fishing available and also some key features to look for at each part of the lake when i feature each access area individually, But if your new to the area ,  keep it simple , grab some live bait and your favorite rod and reel and get out there and catch some fish!         John                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Old Hickory Lake fishing report Nashville,Tennessee

Gone Fishing!
Gone Fishing!
Hendersonville, Wednesday April 6th                                                               Fished from 9:30am - 12:30pm , Water temp. was 58 degrees and the winds were a whippin'  20 mph with gusts up to 45mph!  Definitely not a day for a novice to be out there. I stayed in the cove where I launched and fished spots that have produced well in the past and was not disappointed. I had with me 4 rods that were rigged and ready to go, and I started first with a small 1/4 oz spinner bait and immediately started catching bass up shallow in the grass/weeds. I had a milk run of 4 or 5 keys spots that I was working so with the spinner bait I could move pretty fast and then I switched to rod #2 which had a crawdad crankbait and I worked over a rock point thoroughly and BAM - 5 quality bass in about 20 minutes. Here's one of them :
Nice 18" bass caught on crawdad crankbait
Nice 18" bass caught on crawdad crankbait. Over the years I have used many different makes and model of these type baits. This particular one is a STORM Thundercraw 1/4 oz size that dives to about 5' or so. Also it is a sinking type, so you can work it in deeper water by counting it down to the depth you want. This lure has produced probably over 100 bass for me the last couple of years and I haven't lost it yet!
  I was marking some nice large schools of fish in the 8 - 12 foot range so I switched to rod #3 which had on a 1/8 jig with a 3" grub and ended up catching 5 crappie topping out about 13". By now the wind was wearing me out and I finished up by moving out of the wind and using #4 rod rigged with a small jig and used small minnows -  had a few takers but missed them 🙂  ...   But that was fine because I was more than ready to load up and head home for some lunch. Hopefully next time the wind will be down so  I can get around to more of my proven springtime spots and report  more of what is going on in those area's.
Close - up of the "Killa" !
Close - up of the "Killa" !
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I enjoy fishing that size bait with a 6 foot or so very light rod and a shimano reel with 6lb test line ... you can really enjoy playing the fish on a set-up like this one!
Thanks for reading and Good Luck on YOUR fishing!                                             John