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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Foggy Encounter

Deteriorating weather always makes me excited to go fishing.  Bad weather keeps the crowds at bay, and also tends to get the fish excited about eating.  Foggy weather can sometimes make for spooky fishing though.  At those times, its just you, the water, and the fish.  The memories can be a little surreal, especially when the fish you catch turns out to be a big striper that runs you a hundred yards down the river.  A cold combined with exhaustion compounds the problem, leaving behind only a hazy recollection of the events leading up to catching such a fish...


8 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Nice striper!

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  2. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Nice catch, congrats

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  3. Thanks guys! I was pretty stoked...

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  4. Sweet. What lake/river?

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  5. Its my "secret" fishing hole so I'm not going to post the name on here... If you are interested in more info though I'm glad to discuss via email...

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  6. What a bend in the rod this thing produced--had to be a blast.

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  7. Whoa, nice catch!

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  8. Nice striper! I've been trying to figure out how to catch them on a fly here at Lake Martin, AL. I've only caught them by accident on conventional tackle before. I wonder if it's easier to catch them on the spring spawn? Or just spend a lot of time looking for them to come to the top? thanks !

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