Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/3/2019

Winter fishing is nearly upon us. Snow yesterday has given way to falling water temperatures in the Smokies. In general, fish will be hunkered down, although by tomorrow they should start to get more active again as temperatures warm. For the next three months, expect many more fish in the slower places in the Park. Think nymphs and maybe streamers but don't be surprised to find fish rising to blue-winged olives or midges on some days.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners. For the foreseeable future, we should have high water thanks to big rains this last weekend. Fishing out of the drift boat will be very good through the winter with both nymphing and streamer fishing a distinct possibility. Want to swing for the fences and go for just one monster? Streamers will just get better and better going into January and February.

The Caney is slowly coming around. A few shad are coming through the dam, but lingering water quality problems are limiting the fishing. Winter streamer floats will produce shots at larger brown trout for anglers willing to work hard. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Winter is our favorite time to get on the musky streams. In between bouts of high water, those will be fishing well for the next few months.

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

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.

    ReplyDelete
  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...

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

    ReplyDelete

Newsletter

Subscribe to the Trout Zone Anglers Newsletter!

* indicates required