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: 30 June 2017
Fishing on Old Hickory has been very good over the last several weeks with several patterns working well. Fish have finally moved out to the deeper water and have taken up residency on the river and creek ledges. This year has been very different from the years past as it seems the spawn has been very drawn out and everything seems at least several weeks behind what it normally is. The weather has finally stabilized out and the lack of huge rains has not only kept to water clean but also helped the temperature rise pushing the fish out to cooler waters. Water temps in the river have been in the low 80’s with creeks being only several degrees warmer. Water clarity for the most part is consistent and clean throughout most areas of the lake.
Our main pattern has been fishing creek and river channel ledges looking for schools of bass. We have been able to find several really nice schools of fish over the last week or so and most of them appear as though they have just got there, beat up and multiple with bloody tails still. The key, as always in summer, is graphing until you find the fish on your electronics. Modern day electronics will tell you if they are there or not and being patient, waiting until you see what you should, is key to catching fish. Fish are still schooled up really nicely and most schools don’t appear to be busted yet. Most productive baits have been the Strike King 6xd in Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Shad, Citrus and Chartreuse Blue. Your typical ledge baits are productive as well including football head jigs, c-rigged creature baits, shakey heads and 10 in worms.
We are also catching fish on channel banks in the creeks and river. If you are not able to find fish on ledges, a good fall back plan is hitting any banks where the channel hits it with the highest percentage areas being where the channel hits and turns away from the bank. We have been fishing football head jigs, shakey heads and trigged baits on these banks.
If you are having trouble finding fish this summer, book a trip with us and allow OHGS to show you how to break down ledge fishing, setup/fish ledges and go over productive baits. It is a whole system that makes ledge fishing work and we know how to do it! Recognizing what bass looking like on your side imaging unit is the most important part of ledge fishing and we have helped hundreds of anglers improve their summer fishing by taking our ledge fishing trips!
When you come fishing with us here at OHGS we are focused on the whole experience. Not only do we believe in catching fish but we enjoy teaching, never hold back any of our secrets and do everything possible to make your day a memorable experience. We supply brand new fishing equipment from our awesome sponsors including Lews fishing rods and reels, Strike King, Eco Pro Tungsten, Vicious Fishing, Simms, Fish Terror Baits and Engel Coolers. I am a fully licensed United States Coast Guard Captain and am fully insured.
Call us today and lets go fishing!