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I took a friend from Oregon to Lake Norris here in Tennesse for the day yesterday while he was in town.  The water was a bit stained and hadn't seen this here before and so tried a couple spots with no luck.  Tried to find some clearer water and did so and got on a bite where we had about ten fish with three being over 18 and a couple over 16 and even lost a couple that could of have been big.  Was fishing in about ten to twenty feet of water with small plastics.  The day was windy and cold and the wind really picked up around one and the fishing died.  The day had started overcast and rainy and then went to clear and sunny.  This happened last time up there that it just died after one....and like they even disapeared on the grapgh.  Was fishing points/inside cuts on a large creek. 

I mean I'm not complaining we caught fish....I would just like some input on where people think the fish go.  I didn't think sun would bother them in the ten to twenty feet of water that was partially cloudy with wind.  Water temps were about 46 and lower.

Anyway...Tight Lines to all and thank you.

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I personally would have waited to launch until 10 or 11 in the morning and fished the exposed flats near drop offs or ledges that had been warmed by the sun later in the morning.  I would have considered the following:

 

1. slow rolling a large profile black/chartreuse spinnerbait with a single Colorado blade and a thumping tail shad trailer

2. working a suspending jerk bait like a LC Pointer or SPRO McStick in the clear water areas

3. stroking a gold shiner lipless crank

4. working a jig-n-craw in dark colors with a ratte and a dark craw trailer along the dropoffs.

 

Anyone else?

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I agree; suspending jerkbaits and possibly the drop shot, if you could located bait balls on those structures. Also, don't forget blade baits!

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Right now jerkbaits, Red Eye Shad and The Rig is what's working on Pickwick.

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I have actually done that  a couple times.  Going back to visit mom for a couple days and am going to fish the Necanicum for a couple hours and show a friend some secrets around Seaside. (LOL)

I also miss the upper Columbia....many places.  Arrlington in the wind.....upstream of Boardman in the spring on the Oregon side...(won a Western Div here)....above the Dalles dam in a no name pool (oh baby ...oh baby) and on and on and on, or the black water and waves when you make the turn going down from Richland and the pucker factor in the wind.  Don't miss the spiders and yellow jackets around Tri Cities though)

Tight Lines

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Here are a few more ideas: Fat Ika, Rage Tail Baby Craw & Single Tail Grub.

 

 

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I know lure selection is important but according to my graph the fish had just disapeared.  Do the fish move that much in winter when the conditions are that cold.  (I guess they did)  I was fishin in 5 to  25 and they left and it was a long stretch of bank.  Both smooh and big rock.  This has happened to me twice and was wondering.  Still learning this eastern fishing to say the least.

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A couple of observations:

 

First of all, when you catch a fish throw out a bouy. Where you find one, there are usually many.

 

Don't leave biting fish unless they are small. Big fish and little fish don't usually mix together.

 

Great spots will ALWAYS hold fish, but not all the time! Mark your spots so you will always have

places to target on your next trip.

 

If you can get some tips from friends or locals, the most important questions you should ask are

depth, structure or cover and "moving baits" or bottom. For example, the hot bite on the Tennessee

River is "moving lures", specifically The Rig, Red Eye Shad and jerkbaits.

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With the conditions you dis the right thing of finding clear water. Secondary points are good this time of year. They provode staging areas for fish before they spawn. I wouldve thrown a jerkbait or crankbait when that win kicked up though.

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