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 21, 2013

First Salmon

Yes, you read that correctly.  I found my first salmon right here in Colorado.  For those that don't know, we have Kokanee here in Colorado (landlocked and smaller version of Sockeye apparently).  I found those along with a lot of very nice trout in my journeys this past weekend.  I'll have many more details coming soon once I get some time.  Here is a closeup of the salmon until then.


18 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Beautiful looking fish. congrats!!!

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  2. If it has to be a first, it might as well be a dandy and it is.

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    1. Thanks Mark! I was pretty happy with that fish...

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  3. Impressive, David! Look forward to the rest of the story when you get a minute.

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    1. Thanks Mel. Slowly making some progress on the rest of the story finally.

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  4. David
    Congrats---looking forward to the rest of the story!! thanks for sharing

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  5. Sweet man! I have read about the kokanee salmon in CO many times, glad you got out and found one. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Travis! Next time you are out this way this time of year I'll tell you were to go...

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  6. David, save them they're wonderful smoked!!

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    1. Howard, it's funny but I actually thought about bringing some back to give to people. I don't eat salmon but know a lot of people who would have enjoyed it...perhaps I should add you to that list for when I do.

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  7. I saw some kokes the other day. That's a good one. Look for browns when they get in the river!

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    1. Thanks! The browns are just starting to filter in it seems.

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  8. Gorgeous fish! Congrats buddy....

    Spencer
    www.featherandfinblog.com

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