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Beech Lake in Lexington Tn

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According to TWRA.  It has consistently ranked among the best bass fishing lakes in the state.  Has anyone been there?  It's only about 1 1/2 hour drive from the house.  I may have to try it.  Any info would help.

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Yes, but you posted in the Smallmouth Section and I don't think the lake has any!

One of the reasons Beech Lake is so productive is because all the tournaments fish this and surrounding lakes, but weigh-ins are ONLY held at Beech Lake. All the bass are released there!

8-)

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I think RW is right about no smallies there.  I bought my (then new) Triton from Beech Lake Marine in Lexington and did the initial run on Beech Lake.  There are several lakes in the area that are watershed lakes and they all require a permit, available at the local water dept. office.  They do get some nice fish out of there.

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no smallmouth in the lake, but yes it is a great lake.  last i was there tho about 5 months ago the lake was VERY VERY VERY VERY low.  be carefull when going, the lake has many points that run sometimes a good 1/3 of a mile out in to the lake, if not further.

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Yeah A buddy of mine went last year, and said it was dry.  But weren't all the lakes around here?  Upper sardis was 14-17 down all summer Arkabutla was almost jon-boat only.  Enid was about the same as Sardis.  I hope we get lots more rain over the nest 4-5 months.

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Beech is about thirty miles away from my house and it is a very good fishery. A lot of nice fish can be pulled out of there. It can be hard to fish due to lack of cover though, it is intended for recreation. Of the watershed lakes, I have had the most success at Pine Lake. A lot of docks and boat houses and some nice points and ledges.

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Another good spot for big bass that will be a little closer for ya if you haven't tried it is Lake Graham near Jackson

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Yeah A buddy of mine went last year, and said it was dry.  But weren't all the lakes around here?  Upper sardis was 14-17 down all summer Arkabutla was almost jon-boat only.  Enid was about the same as Sardis.  I hope we get lots more rain over the nest 4-5 months.

Lexington lakes wernt hardly down at all, except Beech this last summer.  Sardis and Enid were only down about 2 feet from normal pool, but that is around 12 - 15 feet from spring pool.  so those lakes wernt hit that bad.  They did shut Grenada down for awhile tho, and I dunno about Arklabutla.  

Someone else also mentioned Lake Graham, which was so low you couldn't get under the bridge, therefore cutting off half the lake.  The biggest shame is Horseshoe lake just outside West Memphis, the lake has been down about 7 feet for the past 2 year's, one ramp open, the other ramps arent even close to the water anymore.  They started pumping something like 5000 gallons of water an hour down the old dried up creek bed, which didnt even make it to the lake :(

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There's a real nice hump and if you can find it you can catch nice fish all day...

^^ true^^ right across the lake from the ramp, shouldn't be hard to find since they have a big white pole sticking out of the top of it so people don't run into it.  which reminds me, if you see a white pole sticking out, no matter how far away from the bank it may be, DO NOT go between it and the bank or you will be replacing your lower unit, my god the points run out far on that lake.

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Hey what happened?  This got moved yesterday and now its back with some posts missing.  I was really hoping for a get together in Lexington.

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We had a server switched out. Everything, including moved posts, that were done earlier today have been lost. They CANNOT be recovered. So, we start over for today.

I am going to leave this thread here for awhile. It will be moved to the Southeast Section later.

-Kent

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I've fished it quite a bit in the past 3 or 4 years. I used to fish the other watersheds more with my father (Sycamore, Pine, Redbud), but lately I've fished Beech more. It has some good largemouth in it. Many club tourneys on weekends and thursday night fruit jars (up to 20-25 boats) are held there. The fruit jars are only 3 hours but several 20+ lb. bags are caught every year.

If the water is still low, use the extreme right (as you're looking at it from the water) portion of the ramp. I saw several trucks that couldn't pull boats out this summer in the middle of the ramp.

By the way, you've got to have a Beech River system permit to fish Beech or any of the other watersheds mentioned. They're available at local tackle stores and some gas stations. I don't think a sportsman's license is good enough and a TWRA lake pass (Graham, Gibson Co., etc) is no good at the Beech watersheds. AND on Pin Oak, another of the Beech River system watersheds, you have to have a different permit because it's run by the Natchez Trace park people.

Anyway, it's a great fishing lake, esp. during the week. Weekends get a little crazy with the skiers, seadoos, etc.

Mike C. in West TN

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