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Since we had that first big cold snap that put ice on the edges of the lakes and ponds, I haven't been able to catch a single fish.


Today I thought, "Hey, if I try every spot on the pond at every depth and use different baits and lures, something's BOUND to hit, right?!"

No.

We tried for cats with various cut baits and crawlers on the bottom, we tried for bass with Rooster tails, cranks, and jig/worm combos, and we tried for panfish with suspended crawlers and grubs, varying depths with slip bobber.

Here are some pix...








My panfish-slayer rig skunked today:




The head of a 4 inch gill brought nothing, nor did the filets off that little guy:







We had three rods on baits and two on lures... Usually always had 3 rods working at once, had 4 a couple times and 5 a couple times when the boy was crankin' a Rap.

No fish, no bites, nothing. I'd give anything for a day on Evergreen catching 9-12" trouts through the ice right now...


But what it's all about.... is spending time with my boy. And we did that today.

 

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that hat tho....

the pond looks like the pond I used to have access to in OK...
if it is like that pond, Try using baits like 3 inch senkos... work them slow in deep pockets and structure. and slow working 1 inch white grubs. use a slip bobber style rig, with strike indicators.... fish want something that will make it worth the effort of spending the calories. jerkbaits slow worked will work ok too, especially a few nice days after the snap...

hope that works, owen...
 

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also, if youre fishing for cats... look for muddy bottom areas on a lake or river out there. muddy water or areas have higher temps than other parts of the lake and will hold catfish and other temp sensitive species ... also if the wind is blowing, fish with the wind in your face.... that's a hobiecat dave tactic thats proven to work.
 

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Thanks PD and Dave.

We fished with the wind in our faces, wind at our backs, in a cove with no wind, and even when it started raining. I threw everything except Neal's walleye snagging hook at em. :)

Thanks for the tip on muddy bottoms. Most of the lakes in my neck of the woods have rocky bottoms, as we are up in the bizarro world of the Cumberland Plateau... There is one lake that's basically all mud-bottom with rocky shorelines. Like some kind of mudslide...

That lake is reported to have cats in it, but I spent a good 30-40 hours fishing it last summer with no cats. Bizarro world. I used every presentation method I could think of from hobie's weightless dead fish to the preferred rigs of Tennessee River anglers--Carolina rig, heavy braid, heavy slip sinker-- and everything in between. Cut baits, whole baits, live baits, alternative baits...

I need to move an hour east and get off this plateau and into "real" Tennessee waters.

Anyway, it was fun anyway.. Just tired of skunking lately.
 

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Damn man.... TN whooping your ass lol
Sure those fish don't see below 40 degree water much...
You'll be slaying once the water warms up. That hat for sure.... Come on man lol
 

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You definitely haven't been having the best luck in TN so far, I think a lot of us here thought you were moving to prime fishing area so its kind of ironic :D Like you said though you would be in prime fishing area if you would move an hour away!!

I think you will have better luck catching fish with slow moving soft baits rather that worms. Fish aren't moving around much right now looking for food, and are likely stacked up together. You can effectively cover more ground with lures, in the winter, than bait imo. If I were you I would try slow moving soft jerk baits and tubes. Fishing lures extremely slow can be painful sometimes but it can definitely pay off in the winter. Once you find where they are stacked you should be able to slay them still
 

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Damn, you guys hate my hat that much?! Jve worn that hat for 10 years, yo...

:lol:

Last time I had my Lowrance out, water temp was 39-42 depending on where on the lake I was... It's been cold as balls all week and going to get colder in the next week. Never had much luck in the winter anywhere I lived before last year. Then learned to ice fish and got ice gear... Caught more and better fish than ever before, even in Spring and Summer.

Now I'm back to the crappy wintertime blues with no ice.

:)

But Spring through Fall should be a blast... If I travel an hour to fish.
 

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Really sucks for the little guy not catchin. If you haven't already tried them; give some leeches a shot Opry
 

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Don't be fooled, folks! I used to believe all those skunk reports from Opry... Until I saw his blue gill pictures... Then it dawned on me that, perhaps, Opry was more hungry for sympathy than glory. :D
 

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LOL!!! I'd kill to be slaying those gills right now...

Come Spring, I'll post up some ridiculous fishing reports for you, ao... I found a couple holes right before it got cold that could well make the pix I posted up in 2014 look like slimers at Sloans.
 

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LOL!!! I'd kill to be slaying those gills right now...

Come Spring, I'll post up some ridiculous fishing reports for you, ao... I found a couple holes right before it got cold that could well make the pix I posted up in 2014 look like slimers at Sloans.
Can't wait!

You're fishing Clear with me when you get back out here too...
 

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You got it, PD. As long as I can chuck metal... I'm not quite there with the fly fishing just yet, but getting better.
 

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This is the thread for those of you who love the ice and aren't afraid of the cold and don't whine about Spring.

This is also the thread for not catching any fish... So if you like fish, post in the other thread entitled"Open Water Rocks."

This thread is for the Nordic Viking ice wizards who can't fish for ****.

That is all.
 

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This is the thread for those of you who love the ice and aren't afraid of the cold and don't whine about Spring.

This is also the thread for not catching any fish... So if you like fish, post in the other thread entitled"Open Water Rocks."

This thread is for the Nordic Viking ice wizards who can't fish for ****.

That is all.
That's racist! :p :D For the record, Asians are built for the cold. Too. Look at the eskimos. They live even further north than the Vikes. In fact, anthropologists have argued that the short, stocky Asian body type was an adaptation to the extreme cold. We are your ice wizard bros. I like me some ice fishing... :D And I get skunked too...
 

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I just think youre kinda not thinking outside the box, friend. if good fishable water is an hour away, I'd go hit it up for sure. if there's a dam that generates power, and its anything like other lakes ive fished (keystone lake, and kaw) I would really try to get there and bring tackle from 3-4 inch grubs to heavy cat tackle. regardless of water temps, fish get hungry and if there's bait and water is running... in alot of instances the fish wont discriminate.
the latest threads in here prove that seasons don't mean **** and if you got what the fish want, they will eat it. gotta get out there and keep trying.... you are at way more of an advantage than us because there's so much more open fishable water. another thing I would do is go on the TN lake surveys and see if any of the lakes in the cumberland/wherever area you are at have any walleye/sauger/saugeyes... this time of year, and given water temps and bait... they will be alot easier to catch there than here if you can figure out where they would be at.... which would be in the same places you'd probably find them at here. something to think about dude.
 

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when i get home, i'll find some links for you to check out. one of my catfishing magazines I keep by my shitter at home really touches base on how to target river blues in wintertime. the mud advice is really money...
 

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ao, I apologize for being an insensitive racist prick. :). My comments were not directed towards you, although your post did bring them about.

Mad respect, man.

Dave,
I have been reading and watching all kinds if media on wintertime blue cats... There's some wicked info available and it all makes perfect sense.

Steve Douglas is my hero.

There are very few blues up here--fewer flats. Reports of channels, but I haven't seen any personally. All the good sh** is out around Knoxville or even Nashville -- to a lesser degree.

The tailwaters up here contain almost exclusively trout... Dale Hollow and Center Hill, the Obey and the Caney, respectively. I have nothing against trout, but if I'm going to drive 45 minutes to those tailwaters, I'm going to drive 80 minutes to fish the Tennessee River.

Problem is that I'm very limited with time and resources presently... Until mid-Feb when my CD matures and I have my tax returns... Then we'll be ballin'. Of course at that point, I'll be working 7 days a week most weeks. Right now, driving an hour twenty each way isn't feasible dollaz wise or time-wise. 3 kids and whatnot.

Walleye run up the headwaters of Dale Hollow into the East Fork Obey River about this time of year, but to get access, it's an hour drive.

I have to fish within a 15-20 minute radius... Just the way it is. Lots of small waters, but (as you can see) I'm not having any luck buying a bite.

This Spring will be epic... Right now, I'm just a shameful misplaced bluegill angler who can't catch bluegill. :lol:

That said-- I have found one spot on Center Hill that is closest to home...35 minutes. Might try it out for cats and/or eyes next week if the weather gets any better. Right now its freezing fog and rain about every day.
 

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ao, I apologize for being an insensitive racist prick. :). My comments were not directed towards you, although your post did bring them about.

Mad respect, man.
No worries; all I wanted to say is that I'm cool with. And it wasn't racist. I was just giving you crap. I give the few friends I have on here even more crap.

As for not having enough time and money, I wouldn't spend much time on here either if those two things were not an issue. There were days when I'd think twice about driving an hour, or maybe a half hour to go fishing... GL, man. I know we'll see some serious fish porn from you here soon.
 
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