Capt Ian Huey
Old Hickory Guide Service
Here at Old Hickory Guide Service we work hard to ensure you have a fun and memorable day on the water every time we go out!!! OHGS offers several different style trips ranging from the incoming tournament anglers, technique specific learning trips, graph learning trips as well as a fun fishing trip where we just go fishing!!! We also offer a corporate trip and can arrange for multiple boats when needed. We will customize any trip around you and your level of fishing experience so that we can maximize your time and make sure you catch fish. We supply all necessary tackle and use the highest grade, brand new, equipment from Denali Rods and Lews fishing reels spooled with Sunline fluorocarbon. All guides are US Coast Guard licensed captains, fully insured and will ensure you have a fun but safe day.
Old Hickory Lake Tennessee Fishing Report: 18 May 2017
Posted by ian on May 18, 2017
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.