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

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Where Should I Go Fishing?

Our latest poll will allow you to decide what kind of fishing report you want to see. My October break is just around the corner and I'll have a week off to do whatever I want. I'll probably try to fish at least two different locations over this break. Help me decide at least one of those locations from the options provided or reply here to suggest another that is not far from East Tennessee. Just vote in the new poll to let me know where I should go...

7 comments:

  1. Another suggestion would be Nantahala and/or the tuck. DH starts Oct. 1st. NC license is CHEAP, and from what Daniel says, the year license is valid 365 days from date of purchase!

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  2. David,
    I would say the Cumberland. The browns should be in prespawn, makes me think of the SoHo from last year. I plan on being there the second weekend in Oct. Don't know yet where I will be staying, probably camping below the dam.

    Travis

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  3. Travis, I'm looking at heading up to camp there as well. I can't believe I haven't fished it yet and should go ahead and just try it out...

    Trevor, I've thought about trying the Nantahala this year but don't know if I feel like driving that far. Its a bit of a haul from Crossville so it would have to be a camping/fishing trip...

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  4. ijsouth8:59 PM

    My vote is for the Smokies...you've caught enough big fish for one year...;)

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  5. Scratch the Caney and Smokies off your list. Try something different...like the Cumby.

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  6. Ijsouth, if you go to the Smokies it will be a big fish trip into the backcountry somewhere...

    Dog, I'm about 95% sure that I will try the Cumberland at least once this break...I'm excited!

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  7. ijsouth8:03 PM

    Just funnin' with ya ;) I know you like to target those big browns; one day, probably when I'm retired and am living up there full-time, I'll have the time to do the same. Right now, every trip has a large clock ticking in the background, so we have to concentrate on the "easy" fish...which means the smaller ones, for the most part. However, this last trip I was able to make myself pass up marginal areas, and I concentrated on the better areas...my numbers and average size went up, topped with a couple of 8 inch brookies and a 9 inch bow, all from a very small stream.

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