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

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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