Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Cheatham Lake

 Sycamore Creek is 46 degrees as is the main lake. Both are slightly stained in the main channel, but not muddy. Visibility is two feet near the shoreline, which is better than I have seen it for at least a month. The Harpeth River is also much better in relation to clarity, but a few degrees cooler especially as you go further up into it. The only thing that has changed in the last week is slightly lower water temperatures due to the recent cold front and slightly better clarity. I have been catching most of my fish on Strike King chrome with a black back Red Eye Shad and with the clearer water, jerk baits and crank baits. I have caught a few flipping a jig, but most of the bait fish and fish are in the channels in the creeks and the main lake. We do not anticipate this changing until the water temperature rises above 50 degrees. If you are fishing ponds or small bodies of water this is not as important because they have limited choices. Cheatham Lake is 67 miles long with another 37 miles of river and creeks so we have close to 100 miles of fishable water. If we do not become proficient at finding them first and just start blind casting we will have many fruitless hours on this body of water. Similar to the fall season,

Friday, January 13, 2017

Marion Reservoir


Known as a good to great walleye lake a few years ago, Marion has faded fast.
“It doesn’t look very good,” said Johnson of the lake’s walleye potential. “Last year we probably had the lowest catch rate in quite a while.”
The lake doesn’t seem to have a lot of fish that will top its 18-inch minimum length limit. Last fall’s test netting showed no fish that would have hatched last spring, even though the lake was stocked for the first time since 1993.
Marion’s best opportunity for solid action is probably with its big population of relatively small wipers. Johnson said the lake’s wiper population has probably never been higher, which is a reason it’s the only lake in the state with a liberal limit of five wipers per day with no size limit. The highest density, size-wize, is around 15 inches, though there are a few fish up to 23 inches.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

When the fish aren't pounding a surface-swimming bait

When the fish aren't pounding a surface-swimming bait, then you need to get down to the bottom where they are. If you are in the salad, getting a plastic down through beds of cabbage, even lily pads, can mean punching it through with the use of a heavier bullet sinker in the 3/8 to 1/2 oz range.
These fish will be non-aggressive as well.

 After you are confident the bait has gotten through the weeds, let is sit for a few seconds and then shake it a couple of times before moving it a few feet or extracting it from the slop to cast again. Most of the plastics you will fish will have a wiggly tail or tentacles that will still move in the water (due to currents) even though you are not retrieving the bait. It does not take a lot of action to make a bait appear as it is alive - give them a chance to do their thing once in a while.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Walleye fish recipe:

Lake Erie Walleye Fishing
Walleye fish recipe:

• 2 lb. walleye fillets
• 1/3 c. chopped green onion
• 1/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced (1 cup)
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. fresh ground white pepper
• 1 tsp. leaf marjoram, crumbled
• 2 Tbsp. dry white wine
• 2 tsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese or mild Cheddar
• 1/4 c. fresh bread crumbs
• 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
• 2 Tbsp.
 chopped fresh parsley
Butter a baking dish, large enough so fish just slightly overlaps. Preheat oven to 400¡F. Spread green onions and mushrooms over the bottom of the dish and place fish over top. Season with salt, pepper and marjoram. Sprinkle with wine, lemon juice, cheese and bread crumbs. Drizzle melted butter over the crumbs. Bake for 4 minutes, then loosely place foil over fillets; do not seal the edges. Bake an additional 7 minutes or until fish is done.

Friday, November 25, 2016


 – Fishing is good.  Water temperatures are dropping and fishing is picking up for large rainbow trout and tiger trout. Try fishing with midges, minnow patterns, or pistol petes.  Tiger trout catch rates are increasing. A recent survey found many colorful rainbow trout in the 18-20 in range and tiger trout in the 11-14 inch range. Tiger trout are also coloring up and being caught more. Remember they are more aggressive and seem to like to chase their food, so try streamers, or maybe even dry flies. Also, try fishing for them in rocky substrate. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait.  No trout may be kept.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Try a plastic worm

You can try a 3/4 ounce spoon , but heavier spoons can be used to help you stay on top of deep fish in wind or current also spinners are good to use.They are extremely good baits for deep smallmouth.You should fish submerged islands or humps and shoals, try tipping them with a live worm or night crawler. You need to vary your retrieve cast and let the bait fall on a tight line, then bounce the spoon off the bottom and let fall again.
You should watch your depth finder for rock ledges that drop off quickly from about six to twelve feet. Look for fish along rocky structures with and without light weed lines. You can use a live worm and light sinker. Cast the bait and let it bounce along the top of shoals.  You are likely to catch several bass in the same locations especially near rocks and drop offs to deeper water. You should fish along and over the top of weed beds. You can try jigs tip with a worm or minnow. Try a plastic worm it is a good strategy because even the most slow moving bass will respond.