Old Hickory Lake fishing report – Nashville Tennessee

Wednesday May 17,2016 , Hendersonville,Tn
This big girl hit like a freight train on my light action rod and 8 lb line. Caught her on the inside edge of a point leading to a known spawning area.
Most people would never believe that a small jig head hook could withstand a large fish. I have caught bass up to 7lb's on a little 1/16 oz jighead.
Was out today fishing from am till 10 am.  Went straight to main lake points and caught about a dozen largemouth anchored by a nice 6Lber. Water temp low 60's and a nice light wind with some clouds. 10' seemed to produce the best and only had time to fish a couple spots. Went into a cove to check shallow crappie areas and did catch a few with one nice one. Trolled deeper water and caught 4. All in all a great morning on the lake. Very nice quiet morning - seemed unbelievable to have such solitude when I know in town in was a huge rat race. If you can NOW is the time to get 'em as they are in all the predictable places. ... get our there and get "em! John  

Fishing Success – Preparation is one key principle!

Not many people talk about one of the most important things a fisherman must do to be consistently successful at catching quality fish. Big stringers of fish are caught by anglers who know that in order to do it they must spend enormous amounts of time ON the water and be in the right area at the RIGHT time. In order to do that PREPARATION and maintenance of all their equipment is essential. A recent post on http://www.fishingtn.com/    about a trailer bearing going out shows how a equipment failure can lead to a bad fishing day. All your equipment needs to be maintained at a high  level so it does not interfere with your ability to catch fish. Every thing from trailer and boat maintenance to of course keeping your rods and reels working 100% with nice fresh line and good sharp hooks and good knots. ... most successful fisherman very seldom get sidelined from equipment failure or loose that big'in 🙂   Figure about an hour of upkeep / prep work for every hour on the water. ... there's something magical about being fully prepared and heading out on fishing trip. I find the time I spend on my rods and tackle before a trip almost as pleasurable as the actual trip itself! ... as i'm doing my normal prep work my mind wanders back to all the different trips and catches that I've made.  ...... and yes also the mishaps that occur no matter how much you plan to avoid them. Preparation is one of the "secrets" to be a success in just about everything you do.... .. I like to paint old cars and stuff and I can tell you the more time you spend prepping the better the results will be.  .. and the same can be said for fishing also. Now , get out there and get 'em!! John
Gone Fishing!
Gone Fishing!

September Fishing on Old Hickory Lake

Hendersonville,Tennessee  September 12 2016 September 12 2016 Finally got a chance to get out on the lake. It's been a long time coming.      Air temp was 57 at sunrise  - water temp was 79...   sunny bluebird sky's after the cold front that came thru a couple of days ago. Fished about 3 hours and caught 6 bass (biggest about 17") a couple of gill's and one catfish. I fished a couple of main lake points and there was nice schools of bait present.
This is what they were feeding on.
This is what they were feeding on.
I just so happened to have a pack of grubs that kinda matched up with these little baitfish. 🙂     I hooked the largest one a little deeper than the others ( 15 feet)  and was thankful I was able to get 'em with all the massive schools of bait around.
When they hit they meant business as all the fish I caught had that grub engulfed in their mouth!
When they hit they meant business as all the fish I caught had that grub engulfed in their mouth!
In between fishing the points I trolled for about an hour or so with no takers. It was great to get back in the boat and hopefully I will be able to get out more often.   John

A Hook and A worm

I caught my first fish with a cane pole when I was 5 years old. It was on the Quantico creek witch flowed into the Potomac river south of the nations capital; Washington D.C. I only remember that trip and one more a year or so later when I was catching them as fast as I could put my bait in the water. My next memories of fishing is when I was about 10 years old and living in Virginia Beach. The neighborhood had a long canal nearby where I would ride my bike and fish with the other local kids. Catfish and huge carp were the trophies we were after and our bait of choice was homemade dough balls. Fun times ... seems every day or so I of us would hook and land a great big one. After moving to Maryland I didn't do much fishing until about  18 years old I was camping in Harper's ferry West Virginia on the upper Potomac river and received a lesson on basic river fishing that really opened my eyes on how to catch fish. First step was to catch our own bait. Mountain Wigglers - a type of worm that you could catch alongside of the roads by removing the layers of leaves down to the rich dirt. And they do wiggle. Next step is tie on a small hook directly onto the end of 6lb test on a spinning rod. That's it - nothing else. My first thought was how in the world are you going to cast this with no weight but after you put on the wiggler and practice a little it was no problem. ...  We went to the river and I watched as the old vet just stood at the edge of the river and he didn't cast it out but just flipped it right at the rocks at his feet and proceeded to pull out all kinds of river fish. I learned very quickly the various hiding spots of the fish and a lot of them were right at your feet! .  It was fun casting upstream and letting the current take the unweighted wiggler into the fish holding areas and when you hooked up it was just you and the fish. Needless to say I spent many summer days after that wading and fishing the upper Potomac river. That's it. ... the simplest, easy way to fish. It's funny how we over think and make things so complicated. Get out there and get 'em! John

The One Lure you should Master

My Oldest son (he's grown now with his own family) likes to tell a story from his childhood about a fishing trip where we were catching fish from our boat and a local boy was shore fishing and yelled out to us :             Hey mister whatcha catching 'em on?..  I replied "small plastic baits".          Where did you get the most? the boy said...   "various spots along the river" was my answer.                                                                                        What depth? ...    well you can kinda guess my answer. 🙂    ..  Yes I was very secretive in my younger fishing days. But now I enjoy sharing my knowledge. The lure we were using that fall day and catching over 50 quality bass was a unassuming small thing called a grub. One just like this one:
ubs come in an infinite amount of colors and sizes. This is a 3″ alongside a 1/16oz jighead.
Grubs come in an infinite amount of colors and sizes. This is a 3″ alongside a 1/16oz jighead.
  The above bait works well with 6 or 8 pond test line and a light action rod. You can experiment with different sizes and weights and of course depending on the "on the water" conditions such as depth and wind factors you may have to go to a heaver jighead.                                                       The basic retrieve is just a slow swimming of the lure or a drag and drop as it hops along the bottom. Sometimes in winter letting it sit on the bottom more than moving it will produce nice hard hits. I don't think you can fish it wrong, just experiment.... A visible line is nice to have because sometimes you can see your line "pop" before you feel a hit.
When threading your jighead onto the grub try to have the hook come out along one of the seams of the grub.
When threading your jighead onto the grub try to have the hook come out along one of the seams of the grub.
I have caught many thousands of fish on this simple, inexpensive,easy to fish lure. Everything that swims WILL hit it at one time or another!.... If I was packing an emergency fishing kit I would definitely have some grubs in it!                                                                                                                                Get out there and get 'em!                                                                                      John                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Don't forget When you are serious about Real Estate get serious and contact Debbie  at :                                                             http://Debbiemeyers.realtor
A picture of a picture  back in the day when I discovered the power of the grub!
A picture of a picture back in the day when I discovered the power of the grub!

4 ounces Shy of a New Old Hickory Lake Record!

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This Crappie measured out at 16" and weighed 1 pound 14.6 ounces - just a few ounces shy of the Old Hickory Lake record.
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This rascals mouth was so large I thought i was landing a bass when I first saw it coming up out of the depths.
Hendersonville,Tennessee                                                                                        June 1st, 2016                                                                                                        Since moving to Old Hickory lake every spring I have been catching some really nice Crappie's. Every year as I have been refining my technique's my catches have produced some really large specimens and it got me wondering just how large they grow to in Old Hickory. So I did some research and found out that the LAKE record was 2 pounds and 1.6 ounces.....  And just the other day I caught this one in 14 feet of water off a known spawning area.                                                                                                 One technique that pays to spend some time doing is trolling a crankbait through areas that hold springtime crappies. That's how I hooked this rascal. I used a medium light spinning combo spooled with 10 lb test line. I have a good selection of crankbaits but the one I seem to fall back on is this Vintage Bagley Balsa wood killer b. I have caught just about anything that swims on these.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I mainly use these for Bass fishing so I have modified the hooks to a larger set. Depending on boat speed and pound test line you are using it will run at a depth of 8-12 feet or so. I'm located in Hendersonville so most of my fishing is in the Hendersonville part of the lake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
What a difference 1.5 inches makes. The top fish is 16" and the bottom is 14.5"
What a difference 1.5 inches makes. The top fish is 16" and the bottom is 14.5"
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What a way to start the day!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Happy Fishin'                                                                                                                                                                               John

Cages Bend Campground on Old Hickory Lake just outside Nashville,Tn

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The entrance is on the left of this sign... a little confusing at first.
If your looking for a campground near Nashville one you may consider is Cages Bend Campground located between Hendersonville and Gallatin.  It's right on Old Hickory Lake on a nice point of land with full amenities including a nice launch area for your boat. Beautiful and peaceful , a great place to camp!  
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If you get up early you can enjoy some spectacular sunrises!
 
A view of the lake near the boat ramp
A view of the lake near the boat ramp... Notice the blue heron fishing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There are 43 campsites available with some of them being lakefront. Being that it is so close to Nashville it seems to be pretty popular so I would suggest reservations be made.  Old Hickory Lake is great for fishing.... The World Record Walleye was caught here!                                                      
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This photo shows some of the lakefront campsites available at cages bend campground.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you need a campground close to Nashville ..  this is the one!                                                                                   John

Old Hickory Lake fishing report Nashville Tennessee

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Nice size crappie caught on crankbait while trolling
Wednesday May 18 2016 , Hendersonville,Tn                                                                    Good fishing to report just downstream of bluegrass marina in the various coves. Water temp dropped back down to mid-60's and the large female Crappie are staging in 10 - 14 feet of water in good numbers. I caught some nice ones up to 15 inches trolling a crankbait around known spawning areas. Another fun way of catching them is using the wind to drift thru an area and dragging a small jig and/ or minnow.                                                                 I don't know why but it seems this year the big females are coming in later to spawn.  I have been catching plenty of Crappie for a good while but until recently they have been small....   so if you can, get out there and do some fishin' !!                                                                                                           John
Three fish for the cooker!
Three fish for the cooker!
 

The simple truth about fishing success – How to catch more fish

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An Old Hickory Lake bass caught on a small spinnerbait, a lure you want to be proficient in.
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The dawn of a new day on Old Hickory Lake just outside of Nashville,Tn
Fisherman are bombarded with endless marketing of equipment and pro tips on how to catch more fish. Everything from "new and improved" lures to new rods and reels, lines, electronics, and boats. The message is if you buy this product YOU will be a better more successful fisherman.           And as a result many anglers are always on the lookout for that magic lure or technique to let them finally catch the amount of fish that they see others do. The simple truth is all they have to do is master a small number of lures and spend their time in areas of the lake where fish are located. Anglers have to spend the TIME on the water to be at the "hot spots" at the right time that they have identified through many days and hours of "on the water " trial and error..... that's it, no more or no less , that's what separates the 10 percent of the fisherman that catch 90 percent of the fish. Dedication and countless hours and days on the water practicing their craft. It's that simple.                                                                                                                  John

Old Hickory Lake Fishing Tips – Springtime / April

Hendersonville, Tn  :  Fishing style is a personal preference and for me light tackle fishing has reigned supreme for not only catching numbers of fish but also plenty of big trophy size fish. Normally when I go out I'll have 4-6 rods rigged and ready to go, with line test ranging from 6 - 10 lb. It may seem strange to some but I will target different species at the same time depending on how they are biting. One of my favorite ways to catch fish is with a crankbait and one of my favorites is this Bagley Killer b2 that I have been using since the early 80's. I have caught many hundreds of fish with this one lure including large and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, rockfish and even bluegill and drum.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.
Next up is a 3" grub on a 1/16 ounce jighead , then a 1/4 ounce spinnerbait, then a 4th rod  rigged with a slip float and a small hair jig or a bare jig which minnows can be added.                                                     Start searching for brush piles / planted structure at the points leading into the coves/cuts off the main lake or in any of the creeks, as this is where the majority of crappie and other fish will stage. On Old Hickory Lake there is a lot of planted brush in 15 feet or so of water. When you find a good spot your fishfinder will really light up. Use a marker buoy close by but not directly on the pile. I will flip out the grub to quickly determine if they are active and normally catch quite a few right off the bat, if action slows change lure colors and then you can always go to the live minnows.                                                                                                                         DSCN5640     When your fishing the brush piles for crappie in the spring It seems you always get some nice bass as well, such as this one who hit a live minnow fished on a small jighead.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Normally when I start fishing in the morning I like to start shallow and cover water quickly casting the bagley or using a spinnerbait. I have caught some of my biggest OHL bass up shallow in the early AM. If I get on 'em shallow I will then go back through the same area with my other lures and then eventually make passes through at deeper depths and eventually end back at the deep water brush piles.
Everything and I do me EVERYTHING hits a smoke colored grub!
Everything and I do mean EVERYTHING hits a smoke colored grub!
A 3" grub on a 1/16 ounce jig head is one of the all-time great lures,and can be mastered with regular practice. A slow swimming retrieve and a basic lift/drop technique are two popular ways of working it. Use a light action rod and 6 or 8 lb test line.
Gone Fishing!
Gone Fishing!
Get out there and get 'em!                                                                                           John