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

The caves of Indian Lake

A drainage ditch that flows right into a large amazing cave!
A drainage ditch that flows right into a large amazing cave!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most people never realize that when they travel on one of Indian lake peninsulas main roads they go over a huge cave beneath the surface of the blacktop!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
The entrance to the 'BIG' cave.
      The entrance to the 'BIG' cave.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
When I first moved here my 85 year old neighbor would tell stories of his young years hunting and exploring the peninsula way back before it was developed. Some of the most interesting was of  the caves that are here. He told of finding Indian artifacts such as arrowheads and other souvenirs and acquired quite a collection.                                                                                                                                  
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Here is a smaller less known cave entrance. .... Notice the road up above it!
 
There is a large herd of deer on the peninsula, and there are many large and small areas of  forest where they feel right at home!
There is a large herd of deer on the peninsula, and there are many large and small areas of forest where they feel right at home!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thanks for reading,                                                                                                 John and Debbie                                                                                                                 http://debbiemeyers.realtor

The Swamps of Indian Lake

DSCN5357 Most people never even notice or even know about the wetlands that are on the Indian lake peninsula, but after a long rainstorm they will be filled with an enormous amount of water. DSCN5354 Naturally they attract lots of wildlife but also pests such as mosquito’s. Imagine moving into your new house unaware it is located near a swamp. You might say : No way – not me , but it does happen. After a good long hot spell these areas are nice and dry and show no signs of what can happen when it rains. Some are very small and only fill up when very heavy rains come. After the historic floods of 2010, I have identified many areas that are prone to flooding and they have nothing to do with the lake/Cumberland river. The houses that had problems in H'ville during the historic rains of 2010 were on/near wetlands or small creeks/drainage's and their owners were unaware of the potential problems. thanks for reading,                                                                                             John                                                                                                                     Debbie                                                                                                                   website:http://debbiemeyers.realtor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DSCN5417    

Why Indian lake peninsula?

DSCN5373                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just as there are many people who live on Indian lake peninsula there are numerous reasons  why people move here. Here’s one: the view at the end of the peninsula where drakes creek enters the main part of old  hickory lake:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DSCN5371                                                                                                                                I’ll tell you why i decided to move to the peninsula : VALUE. That’s right, there is good value here , but you have to really look for it. Along with expensive waterfront houses there is a lot of older original ranchers with very affordable prices.  If  you really study the housing market in Hendersonville  you can find many very good deals. And if you are considering a purchase in Hendersonville there is no better realtor hands down than Debbie Meyers http://debbiemeyers.realtor Indian lake peninsula started to get developed after the formation of Old Hickory dam in the late '50's. By the 60's many houses were being built and Hendersonville became "THE" place to be for many prosperous folks from Nashville. The lake became a big draw and really started to put H'ville on the map. If you look at a map you'll see that south of main street there are 2 peninsula's with the lake at the south border of both. Indian lake is well known as the more prestigious of the two and for good reason. Most of the lots are about an acre (some a good bit more) and there is no commercial development allowed. The "other" peninsula is quite different with commercial businesses , marina's, apartments, etc. ... a lot more activity and more transient population.  (i'll be writing about the walton/saunders ferry peninsula very soon) On Indian lake there are houses for every budget from older vintage 'starter' houses to lakefront mega-mansions... But you don't have to have a waterfront house to enjoy the lake as Stark knob boat ramp is conveniently located on the peninsula...  plenty of parking and it's free to launch your watercraft! \DSCN5420 So... if you like a quiet place to live, with a nice big yard and a boat ramp close by AND close to main street and the town --  check out Indian lake ! thanks for reading, john
Easy to use ramp
Easy to use ramp
Within a mile of the boat ramp is a little known road that is very private and secluded. Here is a view from a section of this road.
Within a mile of the boat ramp is a little known road that is very private and secluded. Here is a view from a section of this road.
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AAaahhh spring has sprung!