Skip to main content

Old Hickory Lake — Event #1

Old Hickory Lake  —  Event #1

Welcome to the first blog installment of my experience fishing the PAA Tournament Trail.  Preparation for this first event has been more laborious than usual as I've been setting up the new boat.  Last weekend I took the Stratos VLO out to a local lake to break-in the motor, it was fun to actually be just a "pleasure boater" as I rode up and down the lake for a few hours.  For a smaller boat it was an impressive ride, cutting through boat wakes with ease.  With the new Yamaha VMAX HDPI, I had to run the motor for an hour and vary the speeds while not exceeding 3,000 RPMs, and then not exceeding 4,000 RPMs for the second hour.   For the next 3 hours I can run normally but not wide open for more than a few minutes.  I'll be finishing up the break-in period on Saturday, as well as actually fishing from the boat for the first time.  It's imperative during this upcoming to trip to make sure I have everything thing I need in the boat from a fishing standpoint.  Once I leave for Old Hickory on Sunday morning, if something is not in the boat or the truck, there is no turning back.

When I launch on Monday for the first day of official practice it will be the first time I will be seeing Old Hickory Lake.  Old Hickory is part of the Cumberland River system near Nashville.   Everything I've read and heard about the lake seems to suit my style of fishing€¦.shallow power fishing.  With the full moon approaching there may be a last wave of spawning bass, but certainly should be some males up shallow guarding fry from the spawn two weeks ago during the new moon.  As with any river reservoir, if they start pulling water the deeper ledge bite will turn on as well.  I suspect the larger post-spawn females have already made their way out deep.  However, with only three days of practice on an unfamiliar lake, finding those deep honey holes can be a real challenge.

Planning really pays off with events like these.  After intensive map study and Google Earth, I've found a few areas that are worth exploring during practice.  All the areas offer spawning coves, overhead structure such as docks and laydowns (which are great places for post-spawn females to rest up), and creek channels near deep water.  With a variety of cover and structure I can quickly figure out a pattern or two on the first practice day€¦hopefully.  My goal is to concentrate and learn a small section of the lake very well as this will allow me to change my presentation based on the conditions as the week progresses.  I've found this approach to be better than running all over a strange lake trying to learn it from one end to the other.

And last but not least, as a bachelor homeowner, I have to make sure things at home are in order before my trip.  Make sure the garbage is out, bills are paid, and dishes are done.  The last thing I'll do before I leave is mow the lawn and the first thing I'll do when I return is mow it again.  Such is life!


In the next blog I'll be talking about some fishing!


Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

Action and Power Ratings- How to Choose the Right Bass Rod

Action and Power Ratings- How to Choose the Right Bass Rod

Most fishing rods feature both an action and a power rating, but what do those ratings mean and how do you use them to select the right rod for different scenarios? In this video, outdoor writer and tackle specialist Shane Beilue breaks down the difference between a rod blank’s action and power and discusses what the various ratings of each mean.

Hunting Elk with the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Hunter in 6.5 PRC

Hunting Elk with the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Hunter in 6.5 PRC

Michael Cassidy and Paul Pluff talk about their elk hunt in New Mexico using the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Hunter.

Catch More Bass on a Jerkbait in the Cooler Months

Catch More Bass on a Jerkbait in the Cooler Months

This one simple trick will trigger more bass strikes on a jerkbait during the fall months.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers Other Freshwater

Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers

Game & Fish Staff

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?5 Great Lures For Bluegills Other Freshwater

5 Great Lures For Bluegills

Stephen D. Carpenteri - March 10, 2011

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?

Bucks visit them regularly and so should you.Understand How to Use Scrapes to Locate Whitetails Whitetail

Understand How to Use Scrapes to Locate Whitetails

Tony Hansen - October 23, 2020

Bucks visit them regularly and so should you.

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near anything that fits in their mouths.5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures Catfish

5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures

Keith Sutton

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near...

See More Trending Articles

More Walleye

Try Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, for a mid-summer dream trip.Summer Family Fishing in Midwest: A Minnesota Mixed Bag Playbook

Summer Family Fishing in Midwest: A Minnesota Mixed Bag

Mike Pehanich - July 27, 2020

Try Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, for a mid-summer dream trip.

There is no shortage of excellent fishing to be had all over the Northeast in the coming months. Here are a handful of top destinations to pursue some of the region's most iconic species.The East's Hottest Summer Fishing Destinations Playbook

The East's Hottest Summer Fishing Destinations

Jeff Knapp

There is no shortage of excellent fishing to be had all over the Northeast in the coming...

Winter walleyes gather in deep river pools and eddies. Here's how to put them in the livewell.Deep Secrets for Cold-Weather Walleyes Walleye

Deep Secrets for Cold-Weather Walleyes

Jeff Knapp - March 11, 2020

Winter walleyes gather in deep river pools and eddies. Here's how to put them in the livewell.

Walleyes often move deep in late summer; these three proven tactics will help bring them boatside.Late Summer Walleyes – 3 Deadly Tips to Catch a Limit Fishing How-To

Late Summer Walleyes – 3 Deadly Tips to Catch a Limit

Joel Nelson

Walleyes often move deep in late summer; these three proven tactics will help bring them...

See More Walleye

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now