By GREG “GABBY” CAUDILL
I have been told of some good river fishing on some of the bigger rivers in Tennessee, mostly the Clinch River that flows into Cherokee Lake.
Cherokee Lake has been one of my favorite lakes for many years to fish for bass and crappie. This lake is in my opinion one of the best bass fishing lakes we have close by. It is about a three-hour drive from this area and well worth the trip. But right now the fishing action on the Clinch River is doing good for bass and other fish like stripe and walleye.
Anglers from this area have been catching bass on small plastic baits and crank baits. These are typically productive baits for this this time of year in the normal river fishing pattern. The bass will move up into the larger creeks and rivers following the schools of baitfish to feed up for winter.
So using smaller baits like tube baits and crank baits will work well. Look for any type of surface action or disturbance as a sign of feeding fish.