Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

Fishing has slowed down in some places and heated up in others. Smallmouth bass fishing on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau has been good to excellent while the tailwaters have slowed down somewhat.

In the Smokies, streams are getting low and warm. Stick with mid and high elevation streams for now until we get some rain and cooler weather. Right now it looks like this will probably last for another week although we do have some rain forecast next week. Let's hope that happens! A variety of bugs are working here, but lean heavily on your terrestrial box. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

The Clinch seems to be in the middle of the annual late summer drawdown of Norris Lake. High water will be the norm here for the next few weeks. If you don't have a boat, then don't bother except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

Fall fishing is not far off. The Clinch should fish well unless we have a wet fall. Sometime between mid October and early November, we should see flows start to come down. The Smokies are my personal favorite for fall fishing. The fish will be hungry and maybe even looking up!

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Monday, October 08, 2007

Ridge Holds Strong

The ridge of high pressure that has been in place over the eastern US is supposed to weaken a bit as a front makes it through the area. Unfortunately it appears that the chance of widespread rain is not all that great tomorrow and the rest of the forecast period continues dry. Furthermore, the extended outlook from the Climate Prediction Center continues to indicate above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the area leaving us wondering how much longer this abominable weather pattern will continue. I for one am going so far as to consider cancelling my annual fall sojourn in the mountains. The water temperatures are cool enough that I'm not so worried about killing the fish but somehow, it just seems too easy with the streams so low or maybe it is more like cheating. Thankfully there are still tailwaters and if I don't head for the mountains over fall break, I'll probably try to at least get a few hours on some tailwater full of large fish...perhaps the SoHo or Caney....

3 comments:

  1. ijsouth7:29 PM

    Well, don't give up hope...some areas got some decent amounts, and it looks like the pattern might shift a little next week - possibility of a couple of fronts moving through. As for the long term - it looks like a La Nina event, which does mean reduced rainfall for the Southeast in general. However, I did see that the prediction called for above-average precipitation for the Tennessee Valley, so perhaps the Smokies might get in on some of that.

    As for the fishing being too easy - I would think it would be the opposite - the fish would be very skitterish. I plan on using 7x, and maybe even 8x, on our trip next week.

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  2. Ijsouth, you are correct that the fish are very skittish. If you can cast 30-40 feet and put your cast exactly where you want it, you will catch plenty of fish. It is easy because they are so concentrated, making it obvious where they should be holding. I love fishing low water because it makes catching seem easy but it is so low now, I just feel bad. Probably won't hurt the fish though so I'll hopefully be up there sometime soon...

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  3. I would like to catch someone, but where I live, there are seatrouts, salmons and brown trout. And some rainbow too.

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