Water temps have dropped 14 degrees in the past several days. That sure helps!
The striper (Rockfish) bite normally takes place during the first two hours of daylight and the last two hours of daylight when the Bass are chasing Gizzard Shad. The fish are migrating this time of year to the headwaters of the reservoir. Once we know their general location we search for feeders off of long tapering main lake points. This morning the fish were nowhere to be found. I expected the cold to create a challenge for us and it did. No fish shallow due to the cold snap but I couldn't find them in the main channel either.
Time to change species.
Norris is not my favorite crappie lake due to it's age and lack of cover. The fish we do find normally are of good size though and todays catch was quite average. We sought out brush in 15 foot of water along the channel bends. The fish were there as they should be but the cold again slowed the bite. A nice surprise was a 18 inch smallmouth that took a crappie minnow suspended in the downed trees.
Tomorrow it will be a trip over the mountain to Cherokee Reservoir. Cherokee is a fine body for quality whites and blacks. I'll post our results late.