Day started cloudy, rainy. at times heavy as thunderstorms were rolling through. No lightning, so that was good. Water was stained and river was running 'hot' at around 90K cfs. Lake still not at summer pool so about 2-3 feet low. TVA should start filling around April 15. guessing a big wave of spawners will show up as full moon is April 28.
Water temps in pockets/coves was 65°F and 58°F on main lake/river. call water clarity 'slight stain'. some coves clear faster than others. Wind was low early in day, but picked up as day went on. by mid-day, a strong southern wind blowing against the current made for some rough boating (big standing waves combined with rollers)
Put in midlake and ran upriver looking for potential pre-spawn wave, but water levels remain low. backed out and tried points, eddies looking for staging fish. no takers on a jig/chunk. same for swimbait.
decided to scrap that plan and hit some bluff walls, transition areas. a few smaller fish on the tube. switched to dropshot and got nothing. tried new to me technique of neko rigging and started getting bit.all small (nothing over 2 pounds) but welcome just the same.
probably 'went' for 10-15 bass (mostly spots with a few largemouth and one smallie tossed in). Nabbed a couple of warmouth that were clearly working on the spawning colors and one overly-frenetic channel cat.