Complete Guide to High / Dirty Water Bass Fishing || Lake Chickamauga

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we’re gonna get into high and dirtywater this is something that it’s gonna
really play for you guys right now Imean the conditions it’s absolutely
pouring down rain outside I had recordrainfall in 2018 that’s pushed on into
2019 it’s just absolutely poor into whatthat means is water fluctuations water
levels are up and down depending on whatthe dams are doing a lot of current
fluctuation as well and of course waterclarity is going to go up and down as
well with all this rainfall and so whatthat means is we need to learn how to
adapt to these changing conditions weneed to get up there
vich new water find out where these fishare roaming – so today I’m going to
break into everything I know about fishand high or dirty water it’s gonna be a
complete guide video I’m going to jumpinto first some fish catches so if you
want to watch the first part of thevideo it’s gonna be fish catches then
I’m gonna jump into more of the teachingand then finally we’re gonna jump into a
map study so y’all stay tuned this isgonna be awesome
well what y’all miss is I’ve caughtthree fish now off the camera I can’t
get my cameras to work but fishing aftera big storm really muddy water and what
we’re doing right now is hitting thecurrent break it’s got some fish stacked
on it so stay tuned and see we snaganother onethere is small one of course get the
camera work and catch a small one rightyes better a little bit better got the
front hook that’s a good sideOh missed him there yes I’m Matt down
better onethese fish are using this little point
that’s an eddy so they’re just kind ofhanging out there waiting on bait fish
to come by there yes No as you can seeit’s pretty fast and furious that’s
pretty good Holly them commies get themfish good move down a little bit I mean
I got hammered by one before this onegot it that’s a good one there another
good you come on up hereyesyescutieI don’t want to do that yes better one
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into the rest of this hope you enjoyedthe fish catches now we’re gonna jump
into the teaching the first thing youhave to understand is that high water
and dirty water are not necessarilysynonymous you can have water that’s
rising without the clarity changing verymuch so I think the first thing we need
to define is what causes high water andwhat is high water now in most parts of
the US high water is caused by rainfallso you have rain that falls around the
lake it runs into the lake that causesthe water level to rise however there’s
a lot of other factors that we need tothink about for instance on the
Tennessee River you have dams thatregulate the water flow so you can
actually have no rain water in your areahowever a reservoir above you might be
getting a lot of rain and they begin topush more water through which causes
more current in a rise in water in yourreservoir oftentimes this doesn’t change
the water clarity because it’s comingdirectly down the channel and so you
don’t even have inflow from your creeksor anything like that another factor
that I’ve seen is dam work so if they’reworking on one dam they still might be
pushing water from another one which cancause the water level to rise
additionally rescue efforts if there’ssay a sunken boat recently we have a
plane that went down a lot of timesthey’ll stop the dam in order to get
down there into deeper water and pullwreckage out or however they need to do
things and what that causes is a rise inwater level as well so it’s really
important if you live on any riversystem that you pay attention to the
dams and the reports that they give youas far as the current and the water
level and that can tell you if the wateris rising now
second thing we need to talk about whenit comes to rising water is how much of
a rise actually makes a difference insome cases you might have a huge flood
come in you have several feet of a risewhereas in other cases you know maybe a
little bit more output from a dam justcauses a few inches of change well in my
opinion just a few inches especially onshallow water fish can make a huge
difference it can push them way furtherthan they were before I notice a deeper
fish they’ll slide up but they don’ttend to slide up quite as much unless
there’s more of a rise of water now thethird factor about rising water that to
me is very important its duration forexample is this like a short-lived event
or is it something that’s prolonged whenyou have prolonged floods there’s more
and more fish and that’s usually withdirty water more and more fish will push
towards the bait they’ll push right upto the bait and stay there whereas what
short-lived variations in water you’llhave a much smaller window fish will
come up and as water recedes they’llstart to push back down it seems like a
smaller population of fish will actuallypush up so you need to know in your mind
where you’re going beforehand now we’regoing to jump into dirty water and first
of all we’re going to talk about whatcauses dirty water and as we all know
rainfall when you get tons of rain youcan get flooding and that can cause you
to get a lot of dirty water into thelake but that’s not the only thing that
can cause it I’ve noticed also like wetalked about before so you get a lot of
rainfall in the reservoir or lake aboveyou they start to push a lot of current
through it can actually pull a bunch ofsediment can pull grass and different
things out of the flats on your lake andactually make your lake dirty it can
also happen if you have a lake thattypically or a river system that
typically gets dirty above you they canpush a bunch of just dirty water from
that body of water into your lake and itcan run down the main channel another
thing that I’ve seen is a lot of birdssuch as cranes or diving birds will get
into the back water or even trash fishlike big carp and Buffalo will get back
there rolling around and they can makean area really muddy without there being
any other external cause and you can getthe same kind of effect second they need
to talk about location location locationit’s very important to know where on the
lake the dirty water is what stage ofdirty water you’re in so say there’s
certain creeks that might clean outfaster so you need to know how to move
in conjunction with that same thing withthe main lake find areas that are really
dirty staying clear what the fish seemto be wanting
what you like to fish as an angler sounderstanding all of that understanding
your body of water can be superimportant other than that if you’re on a
new body of water you’re gonna have toreally run around and explore that for
yourself and that’s where looking atGoogle Earth to begin with like we’ve
done in the past see in those kind ofareas in advance what gets dirty first
what gets clean first can be very veryimportant so the third thing we’re going
to talk about is actually what is dirtywater how much stain in a water makes it
dirty and that’s relative as well youknow we’re talking about different parts
of Lake that get dirtier well if you’reon the south end of one lake having just
a little bit of stain you know goingfrom eight-foot visibility to forfeit
visibility could be dirty water therehowever if you’re up in a river system
where visibility is typically maybethree foot and it goes down to six
inches that could be dirty water thereso this is all relative you have to
understand that in the context of yourown body of water for me on Chickamauga
most of the time I feel like I’ve gotvisibility in that 3 to 4 foot range
certain parts of Lake you have more andso this is going to change a little bit
but when I start seeing water visibilitydropped down to a foot or less to me
that’s when I’m in dirty water to meanywhere between that foot to two foot
is sustained water that’s just a waythis for me over here and dirty water
versus stained water can affect fishdifferently now the last factor of dirty
water is again duration just like withthe high water the longer that water
stays dirty the more fish its gonna pushup to shallow water and they’re gonna
push right up against the cover and beeasier for you to catch alright next
we’re gonna jump into the map study I’mgonna go over different baits that I use
to catch these fish in these areas andthe different areas themselves depending
on the water clarity where I’m gonnafind these fish alright first thing I
wanted to show you was the TVA websiteyou can actually go down find your lake
along the Tennessee River system there’sChickamauga right here I’m gonna link
this link up here down in thedescription but it’ll give you good
information first thing it’ll show youjust kind of like your generators right
here the more generators are running themost likely the more current is gonna be
running through here and you can see ourearly discharge we have tons of tons of
gallons of water coming out here whenyou tell the run over 94,000 and 90’s
you have a lot of current running downthe lake so that tells me immediately
they’re trying to get rid of some ofthis higher water if I look down here
into predictive data I looked over hereif I look
here and observed data I can see thatwe’re actually losing a little bit of
water it came down and now it’s comingback up if I go to the last 48 hours
here lake elevation you want to look atthe reservoir elevation not the tail
water because then you’re looking atNicky Jack right here
seventy eight or six seventy eight pointtwo nine if I go down here we’re
actually below that point in 48 hours sowe have actually right now we have
following water I’m assuming that’sgonna start changing pretty quickly
though it’s the amount of rain thatwe’re having now let’s talk about where
I find these fish that the water startsto get high or muddy now we already
talked about this is Hiwassee running inright here anytime we get any kind of
flooding or a lot of rainwater the dirtywater is going to come from Hiwassee and
it’s gonna run down the river here andanything on the east side of the lake
tends to stay motive or longer becauseof that the Hiwassee just kind of blows
everything out now a lot of creeks onthe west side of the lake you know I
know from experience sale Creek andSaudi Creek they tend to clean up a
little bit faster for whatever reasonwhereas opossum Creek takes longer to
clean up Chester Frost seems to cleanout relatively quickly but any of these
lakes on the east side or sorry lakesbut creeks on the east side such as wolf
fever or grasshopper they take muchlonger to go ahead and clean out again
because they are on the east side of thelake another thing I noticed is that
when you have a lot of current comingdown the lake it starts to bring
especially from Hiwassee again it bringssome of that over to the lines of the
flats here so let’s say here’s a flat alot of times you’ll have muddy water
along the front edge of this flat but asyou push up into these kind of flats in
a lot of cases the water would get alittle bit cleaner or at least stained
and one thing I noticed also is when youget a lot of water in flow like this
watering starts to gets muddy it startsmost of the time in the backs of the
creeks it starts to work its way out andit goes all the way out to the main
river so what you’ll notice sometimes isthat say the water is worked its way out
and it’s muddy on this side of thebridge but on the other side of the
bridge it’s already begun to clean upand way in the back of the creeks it’s
already super clear so the timing of allthis you almost have to kind of run back
into some of these creeks sometimes inorder to tell where you’re at and what
stage you’re at again the same thingwith Saudi Creek you got a lot of Creek
water coming outit may be dirty here but not dirty in
the back and then it may be stainedtowards the front so what I’m typically
looking for say the whole lake is blownout we’re gonna start which is really
muddy really high water it’s been aflood what I’ll look for is where the
fish have been so maybe they they’reworking their way into the creeks maybe
their main lake if it’s summertime buttypically adjacent to wherever those
fish are and whatever stage they’re inif you run in here those fish will slide
up and they’ll slide in the ultrashallow water and this is again we’re
talking ultra dirty water six inches ofvisibility
I’m ultra high water they’re gonna slideright up into that and they’re gonna
look for any kind of cover such as laydowns stumps docks you can kind of cover
right there they can butt right upagainst and you can go and fish these
areas and likely spots you know if yousee a lady I’ll go over there start
flipping around it sometimes it takesmultiple cast a lot of times you’ll have
to use maybe a crankbait through thereor spinnerbait another thing that I see
them get on as far as juststructure-wise is like a rock pile
that’s right at close to the edge ormaybe like a rock wall they’ll sit right
up against that sometimes so those areareas to check out now in contrast to
that if the water is stained to saythere’s more than a foot of visibility
in a lot of cases what you’ll notice isthese fish they’ll pull up shallow but
they’re not necessarily cover orientedin other words they’re comfortable being
out onto the structure of the lakehere’s an example of an area that would
be good during the time you have a pointthat runs way out into the creek channel
here and saw decrease what happens a lotof times to say these fish were working
their way into the creek or out of thecreek however whatever stage they’re in
what they’ll do is they’ll push right upon to this point itself or a little
saddle or a drain and they’ll push rightup on top of it and they’ll sit there
and what they’ll do is they’ll get inthe eddy just like you saw in that video
you know you have water that was flowingout and it was coming into a little
drain this would be an example of asmall drain and kind of like in a saddle
there and when that water flows outthere those fish can set up and they can
ambush bait as it’s coming through sothere again you have to understand that
if that water has any kind of goodvisibility to it a lot of times they can
be offshore sometimes they’ll be onbigger more expansive flats
like this get on some shale beds get uparound the little rock piles and stuff
like that and a lot of times they’llgroup up and school up together when
that’s the case all right as we talkedabout before especially all right as we
talked about before especially if you’rein a new waterway it’s very important to
go ahead and get on Google Earthdownload the earth and you can go up
here this little clock right there andit can give you a historical data I
always recommend going back in time alittle bit and you can find events where
the water was muddy such as this oneright here and you can see in this
particular Creek we got mud flowing outhowever in the backs of some of these
little drains in and little creeks in wealready see the water is beginning to
clean up and so areas like that are veryimportant to understand and look at your
individual waterway as a whole here’ssail Creek we can see cleaner water in
the back some of its dirty in the backand then as we push out it gets muddy or
in this particular situation anotherthing it’s affecting water down below
that point so just wanted to remind youguys again get onto earth look at
historical data for your waterway allright the last thing I want to talk
about is individual baits that I like touse in what situation now when you’re
talking about really ultra stained waterwhen fish are pushed up against visible
cover they’re pushed right up nosed upagainst it
you want something that’s gonna hang outon their face for a pretty good amount
of time and for me a jig of black andblue jay with a rattle in it it’s
something I can start flipping around Ican make multiple flips quickly and
efficiently into that cover anotherthing is like that MDC custom tackle mag
shaky head I like to take that thing andI’ll put a big creature bait on there a
big worm on there something with a lotof presence where I’m intruding on that
fish over and over making multiple flipsand that can get a bite another thing I
like you to shallow water a square billaround some of that cover or a
spinnerbait you can make multiple castsI use the night time spinner bait a lot
of times which is a big Colorado bladespinner bait I can make multiple cast
into that area and hopefully get thatfish to come unglued on that and when
we’re talking about stained water waterthat’s you know plus a foot of
visibility some put somewhere in thatrange where those fish can be a little
bit more offshore on some of that coveror structure there what I’ll typically
use you saw me in that video I wasthrowing a lipless still something loud
still something intrusive but it’ssomething that I can cover a little bit
more water with you can see I was reallyaggressive working those fish and that’s
the way : I if you guys look watch thatlipless video : I had a lot of fish
catches they’re cut like 40 fish samething we were you know fishing a mud
line in a little current break and dirtywater and what happens is those fish
pulled right up on some structure therebecause they’re still they were
comfortable grouping up together outthere on that we were able to take
advantage of that so lipless can bereally good again a rattling jig I like
to hop that thing through there bumpthose fish really get them you know
frustrated with a take a tag or tag thatthing again the big worm is another good
one once you find those fish to go aheadand throw that thing through their
spinner bait again and the only thingthat I would add to that really is a rig
array can be excellent as well whenyou’re talking about fish that are kind
of a little bit more offshore you canthrow that smaller rig shallow get those
fish to commit to it mess up on it nowif we’re talking about an area that’s
more rocky that’s got more of atransition where those fish are sliding
up from deeper water just kind of upalong the rocks there for that I really
like a jig for one and for two some kindof a small body crank bait you see Alex
red though and those a lot of times he’sreally got me into it and I’ve seen the
benefits of it the last few years butthat wiggle wart something bright
vibrant color wiggle wart banded 300SPRO rock crawler any of those baits can
be money in that dirty or water if thosefish are just a little bit deeper thanks
for tuning in to video I really help allthese the fish catches combined with the
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