Fall Fishing on Nashville lakes – Old Hickory and Percy Priest
It’s that time of year. If you had a boat, you could be out on the lake fishing Old Hickory or Percy Priest Lake in Nashville.
This is the fall of the year with temperatures cooling the water, where fish can be shallow.
This is the top-water fishing time of year, best in early morning or late afternoon. Fish are coming back up from the deep and going back to the shallow water.
So now we go gather up some of our favorite fishing equipment, picking out a few special rod and reels, and decide which top-water bait we want to use.
One of the best is the buzz-bait, normally a white one, which is the color of the minnows. What we also have a lot of luck with at this time of year is a jitter-bug. Uusually I will throw a black one at this time of year.
Once we’ve gathered our fishing gear, we set our alarm to get on the lake early. Daylight here in the south is around 5:30 am now, but we want to be on the water about 5:00 am.
When you do use a buzz-bait, it is best to run a trailer-hook on the buzz-bait, in case the fish are hitting short, as that will help catch them.
If the fish stop hitting on the top-water plugs, then you can go to a ‘shallow-running crank bait’. Like one that imitates the look of a minnow. If no luck, change to using plastic worms, which you can also use for ‘trolling’. You can put rods from the back of the boat with the plastic worms while you are throwing the top water bait or crank bait.
You can also look for minnows jumping in the water, and that may be a great place to throw your shallow plug. Usually about 2 feet down will be the bigger fish, on the bottom.
Good luck in your fishing, leave us a note if this helped you to catch more fish on the lakes in or around Nashville.