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

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Still No Fishing: Fall Has Arrived


School is a terrible thing, at least when it interrupts more important things like fishing. I still haven't been fishing since my weekend trip to the Smokies several weeks ago. To keep from going insane, I have still managed to get outside a bit to climb and also to document the change of season. A few pictures of fall here in Tennessee...



The possibility exists for some fishing trips to finally start happening in the near future so check back for a report on that in a few days...

5 comments:

  1. Boooo! All homework and no fishing makes David a dull boy! Just kidding brother! I've been checking your site with frequency and keep seeing "Ridge Holds Strong"....So it's good to see the change...There's not a whole lotta fishing going on around my way either. My days are getting ready to rotate and I'll not be able to get out during those days! So you'll have to get out soon, to make my days not so dull! Hurry up and knock the dust off that Croix! Did you end up buying that Trout Bum?
    ~Brett

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  2. Brett, I haven't bought the Trout Bum yet but if I can figure out how to pay for it, I'll be heading up to LRO to purchase one...that is a sweet rod! I've been enjoying your reports on the SoHo...it looks like you're really getting that river figured out. I'll have to get some ideas from you soon as I'm hoping to head up there around Thanksgiving. I need to catch a big brown!!!

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  3. ijsouth8:42 PM

    We were up in the park this weekend...stunning views, with the exception of some of the streams - we just missed out on the rain. We caught a few, but the fish weren't exactly smashing the flies. I missed more strikes than I care to admit. The traffic was incredible - I didn't see one hotel with a vacancy. That was probably it for us until next spring, although I'm so frustrated at missing those strikes, I'm tempted to head up again around Thanksgiving.

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  4. Ijsouth, the fall is the worst time to try and find a place to stay around the park. I've learned to make my camping reservations at least two months ahead for the peak fall colors season...

    Don't stay away until spring, winter provides some great solitude on the streams although the catching can be slow...

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  5. ijsouth5:58 PM

    Oh, I love the winter in the park...we went up a couple of times last year. But, I have to be practical - with 3 kids in tow, if the action is slow to nonexistant, it's kind of boring for them, which means I would have to take them to Gatlinburg to compensate, which would in turn vaccum out my wallet. Buying that land has dried up any extra money, so I have to save up for our trips.

    I have to admit, it's tough to wait that long...I would love to go up around Thanksgiving - perhaps there will be a chance.

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