Category Archives: Tim’s Blog


After watching much of the Forest Wood Cup this past weekend it somewhat reminds me of my week fishing Cheatham Lake. Some days were productive and some were not. Since I get to fish almost everyday I am constantly striving to try to figure out this puzzle we call fishing. The problem is that this time of year there are many things changing on a daily basis that often make us question if we are doing something wrong. Are we in the wrong spot, are the fish going to feed well several hours from now, are we using the wrong bait or technique and numerous other variables. I consider myself blessed to be able to try to solve this puzzle because as the pros or experts say there is no substitute for time on the water. Several weeks ago I was catching them very well fishing around wood watching the shad fry and realizing that the larger fish were eating the bluegill and small bass that were feeding on the small shad. The big bass were not eating the shad fry. Now there are several different sizes of shad fry and I’m noticing that the first wave of them, which are about 1.5 inches long already are were the biggest fish are more often found. I’m having very little success on keeper size bass around these smaller fry. I also feel that after several weeks of this bumper crop of shad fry the bass are getting back in good enough shape that they don’t need to feed as often, which also complicates the issue. I’m having less success around wood and more success in deeper water. Again we must ask ourselves, is this because there is more food and therefore the fish can feed faster shrinking our window of opportunity or numerous other variables?  I will keep working on this puzzle and will keep you informed of my progress.

Currently the main lake is in decent shape as far as clarity and is about 80 to 81 degrees and the Harpeth River is still slightly stained and about 82 to 84 degrees. I am having more success in the main lake currently if I can find shad and fish activity and out deeper if necessary.

8-8- 18

Well folks I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is there has been a very good shad spawn this year in Cheatham Lake which obviously means a good food supply for our fish. The bad news is there is so much of it that it is getting tougher to compete… Continue Reading


We just finished staying for a week on Kentucky Lake on Cypress Springs Creek at The Cabin on Cypress Trail , which is a wonderful place with all the fisherman and nature lover could ask for just a few miles from Paris Landing, including a place just like home with everything furnished but your food… Continue Reading


Well our U.S.A. Bassin circuit has finally ended on Cheatham Lake and the regular Thursday night tournament goes on until mid to late August. It is also a good tournament and only costs $20 per person to enter if anyone is interested you would be welcome. Like most tournaments we had mixed results from winning… Continue Reading


The water is getting close to 59 degrees in the Harpeth River and several of the creeks. The main lake is 56 to 57 degrees but still slightly stained. The Harpeth River is better in relation to clarity and the creeks vary in relation to clarity so you need to look around. I did catch… Continue Reading


Between the rains and the variability of temperature the fishing the last few weeks has been sporatic on Cheatham Lake. This is nothing unusual for this time of year but requires a lot of work to figure a pattern out. Water temperature is rising slightly to about 56 degrees in the creeks and the Harpeth… Continue Reading

Early Spring 3-15-18

Due to other obligations (work related) I have not been doing much fishing until just recently. When I went Thursday 3-15-18 on Cheatham Lake the water was still in the high forties and low fifties late in the day. It was slow but I did manage to catch a 4 and a 5 lber as… Continue Reading


I have not been out fishing much lately due to deer hunting and being pressed back into service to help out with my former job in aerospace due to some medical issues of some of my coworkers. I managed to get out Saturday 12-16-17 and the water in relation to clarity is in good shape.… Continue Reading


Yesterday proved to be successful on Cheatham Lake in Sycamore Creek. The shad were there from the mouth to about the first major bend. You could use you electronics to see the shad and their depth and use a red eye shad rattle bait or crankbait to catch them. The water temperature was approximately 58… Continue Reading


The last week has been typical fall inconsistent fishing. Some days I caught them very well and other days it was a struggle. Like so many other times of the year on Cheatham Lake finding the bait and the correct conditions has been critical. The main lake and some of the creeks are in much… Continue Reading