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, April 05, 2011

Smallmouth Fishing Compromised

Those who enjoy fishing the Little Pigeon in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge for smallies may want to wait awhile before heading to the river.  Apparently there was a major sewage spill upriver at Gatlinburg...guess I won't be targeting smallmouth there anytime soon...

4 comments:

  1. That really sucks. When I lived in Knoxvegas, that was one of my favorite places to fish. I'm sure it will recover quickly... and as gross as it may be, sewage is far more natural, and easier for a river ecosystem to handle than something like the chlorine spill from the old Ogle's Waterpark. The Little Pigeon is strong, and it won't take long to recover.

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  2. David,

    Not a good situation, but I doubt the effect will be noticeable. The volume of water in the river was very high so it should have been heavily diluted. Low water temperatures also kept any bacteria from growing quickly.

    Looks like they're getting sewage flows redirected so there may not be any adverse effects, but I suppose only time will tell.

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  3. Sorry to hear about this. I had a favorite fishing hole next to a waste water treatment plant. At some point the plant sprung a leak so to speak and ruined my favorite fishing hole. That was 15 years ago. I have never been able to fish that area since although I do check often to see how it is or if it is open. Good luck!

    Jeff
    www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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  4. Ian,

    Thanks for the optimism. Its a good thing this happened during a period of relatively high water. Hopefully the bass will do fine and we can still enjoy catching them this year...

    David Knapp

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