Fishing on Old Hickory has been very good over the last several weeks with several patterns working well. Fish have finally moved out to the deeper water and have taken up residency on the river and creek ledges. This year has been very different from the years past as it seems the spawn has been very drawn out and everything seems at least several weeks behind what it normally is. The weather has finally stabilized out and the lack of huge rains has not only kept to water clean but also helped the temperature rise pushing the fish out to cooler waters. Water temps in the river have been in the low 80’s with creeks being only several degrees warmer.  Water clarity for the most part is consistent and clean throughout most areas of the lake.

Our main pattern has been fishing creek and river channel ledges looking for schools of bass. We have been able to find several really nice schools of fish over the last week or so and most of them appear as though they have just got there, beat up and multiple with bloody tails still. The key, as always in summer, is graphing until you find the fish on your electronics. Modern day electronics will tell you if they are there or not and being patient, waiting until you see what you should, is key to catching fish.  Fish are still schooled up really nicely and most schools don’t appear to be busted yet. Most productive baits have been the Strike King 6xd in Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Shad, Citrus and Chartreuse Blue. Your typical ledge baits are productive as well including football head jigs, c-rigged creature baits, shakey heads and 10 in worms.

            We are also catching fish on channel banks in the creeks and river. If you are not able to find fish on ledges, a good fall back plan is hitting any banks where the channel hits it with the highest percentage areas being where the channel hits and turns away from the bank. We have been fishing football head jigs, shakey heads and trigged baits on these banks.

            If you are having trouble finding fish this summer, book a trip with us and allow OHGS to show you how to break down ledge fishing, setup/fish ledges and go over productive baits. It is a whole system that makes ledge fishing work and we know how to do it! Recognizing what bass looking like on your side imaging unit is the most important part of ledge fishing and we have helped hundreds of anglers improve their summer fishing by taking our ledge fishing trips!

            When you come fishing with us here at OHGS we are focused on the whole experience. Not only do we believe in catching fish but we enjoy teaching, never hold back any of our secrets and do everything possible to make your day a memorable experience. We supply brand new fishing equipment from our awesome sponsors including Lews fishing rods and reels, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten, Vicious Fishing, Simms, Fish Terror Baits and Engel Coolers. I am a fully licensed United States Coast Guard Captain and am fully insured.

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Fishing on Old Hickory has overall been good over the last several weeks with the bass and the bluegill being on fire! The constantly water levels have forced us to change patterns throughout the day with multiple patterns working. I cannot remember the water temperatures fluctuating as wildly as they have over the last month and was shocked several mornings when the temps were in the low 60’s in MAY! Water clarity has been variable from muddy to clean with the majority of the lake being about normal now. Waters temps are beginning to stabilize now with temps ranging from low 80’s in the back to low 70’s on the river.

 The bass bite has been good over the last several weeks with multiple patterns being productive. When the water is up in the grass the bite has been awesome! Swim jigs, frogs and buzzbaits have been the best. When the water levels fall, mid depth banks, 5-10 ft, have been good fished with crankbaits, shakey heads and various texas rigged plastics. Early in the mornings the shad spawn has been on and spinnerbaits, poppers and swimbaits have been productive. Target docks, riprap or grass and if the shad are there the bass will be too.

 After the last full moon the bluegill bite has been red hot! We have been targeting the backs of creeks and pockets and have caught them on a variety of baits. If you have never tried bluegill fishing with topwater baits you are missing out!

 

Here at OHGS we use brand new high-end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.

 

   


Fishing on Old Hickory has been good over the last several weeks with good numbers and quality being caught. Fishing in certain areas are ahead of schedule it seems, and this is what we have focused on for quality. There are more bites in typical staging areas like points, lead in banks etc, but the quality has been more consistent in the shallow water. The wind has been a huge key to ignite that shallow bite and without it can make for a bit of a grind and game plan change. It will be interesting to see how these cooler night temps later this week are going to effect the fish and whether they will pull back or stay put. Mud flats have also been a producer over the last week and I expect both of the above patterns to only get better as we move through spring.  As I mentioned above, the numbers have been on the typical areas like points, lead in banks etc which can more for a lot of fun for the person just wanting to catch fish.  Water temps have been from the mid 50s in most creeks with the warmest we have fished being mid 60s and water clarity is about normal for Old Hickory. We have seen several areas that have turned over and literally saw a 10 degree water temperature drop in one spot over the last 2 days because of it. Moving baits have been the go to over the last several weeks with shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and rattle baits getting the workload. If the wind isn’t cooperating and we are forced to plan b shakey heads, c-rigged creature baits and finesse jigs have been the deal.

The crappie have seemed to really come on in the last week or so with both good numbers and quality. We are catching our fish from about 12 fow- 1 fow throwing 1/8th and 1/16th oz jigs. This bite should only improve as well as we move through spring.

Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.

 

 


Fishing on Old hickory has been pretty good over the last several weeks for both bass and crappie. With the unseasonably warm temps the fish have become more active and we have started catching some fish on some typical staging areas. Right now with the changing weather conditions, fishing off instinct has been key. What you did today may not catch them tomorrow and being versatile and open minded yields results. Right now we are catching fish as shallow as a 1-2 fow and as deep as 30 fow. This doesn’t mean any shallow/deep water will produce results as the fish for us seem to be bunched up in specific areas. Remember to pay attention to your channels as the fish use these as travel corridors as they head into and eventually out of spawning areas. Later in the day check shallow water close to deeper areas and try and find the most wind blown areas you can. This time of year bass will surprise you how shallow they will get later in the day. Remember, all the fish are never doing the same thing this time of year and coming to the lake without any preconceived notions is the best approach to take.

            Our most consistent pattern for bass has been focusing on channel swing banks in the creeks and fishing slow with jigs and shakey heads.  Keep the color selection simple and depending on water color, choose a green pumpkin variation or black/blue. Finesse jigs are catching more numbers and quality of fish with weights ranging from ¼-5/8 oz. When fishing wind blown shallow areas, Strike King Red Eye Shad and 1.5 squarebills have been the ticket and depending on conditions we have been rotating between red, chrome and natural shad patterns Jerkbaits have been catching fish as well using natural patterns with chartreuse.

            The crappie bite has been a bit hit or miss for us and the fish have really seemed to scatter out over the last week or so. As the water temps hit the 50s the crappie will begin heading toward their spawning areas and finding good groups can be challenging. Minnows and 1/16oz jigs have ben the best producers for us in a range from 5 fow- 20fow being the best.

Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.

 

 


 

The fish have moved off deep and the bite is ON!!! Fishing has been very good for us over the last several weeks with the fish moving out to both river and creek ledges by the droves. I haven’t seen the consistent quality we have had so far this summer on the ledges in several years and the numbers are showing up as well. There are both good numbers as well as quality on the drops right now and with the forecast of warm days and a bit of rain, the bite should not change and hopefully get even better.  The TVA has been generating good current for the most part this summer and it has really helped the bite and the water quality stay good.

The key for us has been to graph until we find a school and after that it is all about managing that school. Instead of having one great day where you catch them until they stop biting if you manage them you can have that school for several weeks by just catching a few out of it every day. There are schools on the ledges right now up and down the lake and with the right knowledge you can find them and have a lot of fun!

Our primary baits have been the typical ledge baits including ½ oz Strike King Football Jigs, ½ oz shakey head woms, C-rigged creature baits, swimbaits,10in worms and Strike King 6xd crankbaits in shad patterns and blue/chartreuse. We like to keep the color selection simple and stick to variations of green pumpkin and black/blue.  

Right now the key to catching fish and having a lot of fun is all about knowing your electronics. We have the experience and knowledge to teach you how to find offshore fish and are able to give you the confidence to do it yourself. We have put in the time and work for you and can shorten the learning curve dramatically. On our graph trips we teach you how to eliminate the unproductive waters by just looking at a map and teach you how to find those higher percentage areas. We will primarily ride and graph up and down lake and interoperate what we are seeing and make sure you fully understand what you are seeing. We will teach you exactly what a school of bass look like on a ledge and how to differentiate between the different species of fish. We have many satisfied customers that have learned to use their electronics and it has changed the way they fish.  We will be more then happy to get you in touch with some of our customers that have taken our trips and hear from them how much they benefitted from one of our graph trips.  Take one of our trips today and if you are not satisfied with what we have done, we will give you a 100% refund, no questions asked!

Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime. 


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Fishing on Old Hickory has remained good for both bass and crappie over the last week or so with really good numbers and quality. Both species have headed to the banks for their annual rituals and are up shallow for the catching.  With the full moon last week I think the biggest push of fish have hit the banks and there are lots of fish on bed right now.  We are starting to see more and more empty beds with just the males up guarding and have been catching more and more post spawn fish.  The weather over the last week or so has been ideal and looking at next week the stable weather will only help. Water temps are pretty similar throughout the lake right now ranging in the low 70’s with water clarity varying depending on your location.

 When bass fishing we have been targeting shallow rocky flat areas with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, wobbleheads and rattle traps producing well with some wind and the trusty shakey head when theres not. This time of year I will also focus on lead in banks/areas catching both pre and post spawn fish using primarily jigs and t-rigged creature baits. If you can find that bank/area the fish are using to travel to and from an area, you have found a spot that will replenish each day. Flipping wood has also produced some quality fish, as it typically does this time of year, with the Strike King Rodent doing most of the damage.

 The good crappie bite is finally here and the crappies are making a good showing! We have been focusing on brush piles and stake beds in 4-9 fow with 1/16th and 1/8th oz jigs producing best. We have been experimenting with some Strike King baits over the last several weeks and found the Joker and Slabalicious to be awesome baits!!! Our top color for the two have been blue/white and popsicle.  Typical crappie colors have been productive along with the two including white, white/chartruse. Chartruse, blue/white, blue/chartruse and motor oil. If you have been waiting on the crappie bite to get here, it time to hit the lake!!!

 Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.

 


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(I apologize again for the lack of photos. I dropped my phone in the lake AGAIN and lost several good pictures from trips!)

Fishing has been good on Old Hickory over the last several weeks for both bass and crappie. The weather has finally stabilized and the fish have responded as they are in full pre-spawn and spawn mode. The shallows are full of cruising females and males who are willing to bite anything in from of them making for a fun day of fishing. The weather over the next week looks to be very good so the fishing should not change and only get better. Water temps are quickly on the rise and have been in the low to mid 60’s first thing in the am rising to upper 60’s by the afternoon. Water clarity has varied over the lake from stained to clear depending on where you are.

You can catch fish pretty much any way you want right now on Old Hickory fro 20ft -1ft. For better consistent quality fish we have been focusing on lead in banks in the main creek and pockets and have primarily used 1/2oz jigs and shakey heads to catch fish. When fishing shallow we have used search baits when there’s wind and shakey heads when there’s not. Docks are holding spawning fish right now and we have caught plenty of fish flipping around the poles and floats. Like I said, fishing is good right now so fish your confidence baits and you will catch fish.

Get ready, the crappie are getting ready to be on!!! We are having good days with some days the fish are making us work mixed in.  The crappie we have been catching have been in less the 8fow and most are still prespawn fish.  Most crappie are coming on 1/16th and 1/8th oz jigs and tube baits with white, chartruse/white, blue/white, blue/chartruse, and motoroil being best.

Our primary baits while bass fishing have been ½ oz jigs, 1/8th and ¼ oz shakey heads, squarebill’s, medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and c-rigs. Green pumpkin and black/blue have made up the majority of our plastics colors with rootbeer and shad patterns being best on our crankbaits.  Topwater has also been very productive in the mornings and best when we have had a bit of wind.

Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.

 


Spring has finally arrived and with it has come good fishing and beautiful days! Fishing on Old Hickory has been good over the last several weeks for both bass and crappie. The bass fishing has proven to be more consistent with crappie fishing showing good signs of the approaching spawn. The water temperature had been on a nice steady climb until the last couple weeks where unstable weather has dominated the area once again. Water temps have ranged anywhere from mid 50's all the way into the mid 60's with water clarity ranging from dirty to clean depending on where you are. The weather looks to be a bit unstable again this week but hopefully wont affect the bite too much and the good fishing continues.

Bass fishing has been good over the last several weeks and fish have been caught super shallow all the way to super deep. It seems a lot of the fish are defiantly pre spawn and we are starting to see fish cruising pretty heavily in the shallow water looking for a place to spawn. I still think we are a couple weeks away but fishing should only continue to improve. We have been fishing primarily shallow rocky flats close to deeper water and using squarebills, spinnerbaits, rattle traps and dragging 1/8 oz shakey heads have been most effective.

Crappie fishing has picked up over the last several weeks and the best should be just around the corner. We are focusing on depths between 7-12 fow and have caught all our fish staying back off the brush and casting 1/16th and 1/8thoz jigs. White, chartreuse/white, chartreuse,  blue/white and blue/chartreuse have been the best colors

Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Strike King,  Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime. 


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*I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO MY OTHER CUSTOMERS FOR NOT POSTING PICTURES FROM THEIR TRIPS. I HAVE HAD A COMPUTER ISSUE AND SOMEHOW DELETED THEPICTURES.

It appears spring is knocking at our door and it has brought the rains with it. Typical spring conditions have dominated our area over the last couple weeks and the dirty water, changing water temps and fluctuating levels have proven challenging. The good news is a strong warming trend and stable weather forecasted over the next 10 days should improve the fishing on Old Hickory and get both the bass and crappie ready to start the spring fed.  Water temps have begun to rise into the low 50’s and clarity has fluctuated from slightly stained to just plain muddy. The TVA has been pulling 50,000-60,000 on a regular basis over the last several weeks and has really pulled a lot of trash, debris and muddy water into both the creeks and main river.

            Bass fishing has been good when we can find some fairly clean warm water. As everyone knows, there’s no worst conditions then cold, muddy water so we have been focusing on temperature more so than clarity considering everything is dirty. If you can find fairly warm water, even if its heavily stained, the fish will push up surprisingly shallow and flipping cover or throwing a shallow running crankbait can be effective. There are still a lot of fish that are deep as well right now and we are starting to see groups of fish showing up at the mouths of bays and pockets hanging around the deep water. The fish we have graphed hanging off the deeper side of these places have proven somewhat difficult to catch so catching the groups as they pull up shallow to feed has been the deal. Deeper running crankbaits have been the best way to reach these fish with red and natural color/chartreuse being best. Shallow and medium running crankbaits have been good when fishing shallow and  flipping dark colors like black/blue and black/red. Unlike last year, the A Rig and jerkbait bite has not been nearly as good and for one main reason; water clarity.  For both these techniques water clarity is key and with out it the baits don’t fair nearly as well.  If the water will clear and remain that way both these baits will begin to produce again but without it you may as well leave them at home.

            Crappie fishing has been inconsistent as well over the last several weeks, but has defiantly improved the last couple days. I am really looking forward to fishing over the next week as I believe the crappie will be active and the fishing will be good! The crappies are scattered all over right now and it seems the shallower you go the bigger the fish but the fewer the bites.  Hanging back off the brush and casting jigs have been the way to catch fish over the last couple weeks and paying carefully attention not drift too close to the fish has been important.  Presentation has been key to getting bit and small variances are huge right now. If you can present the bait the right way, you can load the boat but if you are off by just a touch, you literally wont get a bite.  Typical colors have been working with blue/white, white, white/chartreuse and chartreuse being good. Minnows are also a good way to catch crappie when they are a bit finicky but hard to cover much water with. We are using minnows when we know the crappies are there but just not biting.

            Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Bass Kandi Baits, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.

 


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Fishing on Old Hickory has remained about the same as it has with the fish slowing down maybe just a touch. Typical Tennessee winter has come to visit again after about week worth of nice warm weather we were hit again with some nasty cold snowy weather. The snow and cold have caused a pretty significant drop in water temp from low 50’s to low 40’s and the water has been slightly stained. Towards the end of next week the weather appears to be breaking again and temps look to be trending upwards.

 Bass fishing has been inconsistent with good days mixed in. We are catching bass in about the same areas as we were before but have had to work a bit harder for bites. Fish have seems to be hanging off the edge a bit more then they were and their feeding windows appear to be shorter. I do not think the bass have necessarily moved out of these areas but I do think they are not nearly as active as they were. A change from upper 40’s to lower 40’s is huge for a bass and there is a tremendous difference between fish in these temps.  We are still catching some beautiful healthy fish and with the weather change next week the bite should improve.  The same baits that were producing over the last several weeks are still do so with jerkbait’s and A Rigs do most of the work. Natural colors with chartreuse for jerkbaits and swimbaits.

 Crappie fishing has been excellent through the cold front with the better bite moving a bit deeper. Minnows have been good since the cold front fished vertically either dead still or slowly moving the bait up and down paying particular attention when the bait is heading down for bites. Crappie fishing several days prior to the weather change was excellent as we were catching the majority of our fish in 8-12 fow right off creek channels. Fish should move back up to the shallower water next week as the water begins to warm and fish become more active again. The same baits are also still producing for the crappie as have been with white, blue/white, chartreuse/white and blue/chartreuse catching them consistently.

 

Here at OHGS we use brand new high end fishing equipment from Denali Rods, Lews reels, Vicious Line, Fish Terror Baits, Bass Kandi Baits, Eco Pro Tungsten and other top of the line equipment. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and 100% dedicated to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.